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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Happy Birthday to a Telescope.

Happy Birthday, Hubble.  No, I don't mean the man named Edwin Hubble, I mean the space telescope that was named after him.  Yes, it is 26 years old today, as of 09:25 this morning; the time of lift-off of the STS-31 launch vehicle (the space shuttle's 31st launch) that carried the satellite into orbit.  Do you know, since then, there have been five missions to correct problems and to service it?

When first launched, the pictures it took and sent back to Mission Control were distorted, so four more missions were launched to correct and service the telescope.  The fifth mission to the Hubble was cancelled for safety reasons after the Columbia broke apart and scattered pieces across several states.  Oh yes, above, I did say that there were five missions.  Yes, there was another one, the last.  It was 41 months later that STS-114 serviced the Hubble Space Telescope. 

Hubble orbits the Earth every 97 minutes (actually every 96.5 minutes) at a height of 347 miles and speeding along at 4.66 miles per second.  Oh dang, why don't I just copy and past some of Hubble's info:

  • Launched: Apr 24, 1990
  • Orbital height: 347 miles (559 km)
  • Orbital speed: 4.66 miles/s (7.50 km/s)
  • Weight: 24,493 pound (11,110 kg)
  • Orbital period: 96.50 minutes
  • Launch vehicle: STS-31

  • Here is picture of a shuttle being launched:

    And here it is, doing its job out in a high orbit around Earth:

    Now, how about a few of the pictures that the Hubble Space Telescope sent back to us on Earth:

    The Hubble Space Telescope could last for years, sending us back wondrous pictures until  2030 or 2040 and maybe beyond.  I don't know about you, but on this day, Hubble's Birthday, I would like to wish it a happy birthday and many, many more.  Now, you all have a great day, you hear?


    1. Happy Birthday Hubble! I love the pictures you send back to us.

    2. Texasann - Hermit's Baby SisApril 25, 2016 at 8:45 AM

      It's really something, that's for sure. Amazing what we can see now that we never even knew existed before. Happy birthday, Hubble, and thanks Dizzy for letting us know!

      1. It sure did open up a new world, no not world, but a new universe for us to see.

    3. Beautiful photos.... it's an amazing piece of equipment... and deserves the birthday recognition.

      1. There are older ones and newer, bigger ones, but Hubble is the one everyone remembers because of the thousands of beautiful pictures it took and sent to Earth.

    4. Love the pictures, sound like a good reason for a party?

    5. Hubble has helped me developed an Earth-centered view, rather than a national one. I identify as a citizen of Earth.

      1. Our little speck (the Earth) in this universe is all we have as a home (so far). So we better take better care of it.