Hubble Space Telescope

Page editor Fall 2012- Terry Thind

Edited by: Terry Thind

The Hubble Space Telescope was launched in 1990 on April 24th and should have only remained in space or twenty years. As of December 2010 it still remains operational twenty years and a few months after the twenty year expectation. It has the capability to travel to the edge of the observable universe and has fulfilled to the hopes and expectations on many astronomers. Hubble does not travel to the stars, planets and galaxies it takes pictures as it travels around the Earth at 17,500 MPH. In twenty years Hubble has made more than 110,000 trips around the Earth. Within these trips the amount of observations can fill 5,800 DVDs with more than 45 terabytes. Each month the telescope gathers more than 3660 gigabytes of data; this data is enough to fill an average home computer. This telescope is the size of a large yellow school bus and weighs more than two full-grown elephants, which is around 24,500 pounds.

external image NASA-for-iPad-Apple-iPad-App-150x150.jpgNASA Apple app. Version 1.33 This application is free at iTunes and shares a ton of information about not only The Hubble Space but other NASA missions, old and new. This app. also shares images, schedules, videos and video from NASA TV. When viewing the Hubble Space tab in this app you will see a photo and general information about the telescope. Information about how the telescope was built, what the telescope does, and how it has changed the way astronomers are able to view space. You will also discover by using this app what the Hubble Space Telescope technical details are. Site allows you to get A lot of information about the Hubble telescope such as recent news, a gallery of the pictures taken by the Telescope, its discoveries and a few other things. This site is very easy to navigate though and nice to use with very vibrant words and pictures. It is very easy to find what you are looking for here and can be used by anyone. This site is very well kept and up to date with the last article posted being 11-2009 This website provides a wealth of information about the Hubble Telescope and the technology that goes into building this tremendous telescope. The information ranges from the spacecraft systems, optics, pointing control system, and its science instruments. NASA has built this website for the technically educated although, the site is not as trouble- free to use as others the information is kept up to date. After all it's a NASA website. Thinkquest is set up by the Oracle Education Foundation but it is ran and designed by the students for the students," 'A Virtual Journey into the Universe' is an information-rich interactive, educational tour of the Solar System"(1999). The page is composed of simple areas that are full of information on the Hubble Space Telescope. The three areas are; overview, specifications, and accomplishments, each one of these is a quick simple paragraph that is easy to understand. This site constists around the history and facts on the hubble telescope with pictures mixed in. It has many pictures with descriptions underneath telling the reader of what is being depicted. The site starts with the history of Galileo and other important benchmarks in the history of the telescope. Then it jumps straight into describing the discoveries of the Hubble Space Telescope. Later throughout the site it will have an array of images that the Hubble Space Telescope have taken and then will decribe the specifications of it. This site is very user friendly due to all the titles being enlarged and having easy to read font behind a white background. Hubblesite highlights the "Hubble Essentials" which includes a telescope summary. It also includes the "nuts & bolts" which details what the high techl telescope is made of, the electronics that make it work, and how it works. The area named "Team Hubble" lists the people who make the telescope work, the astronauts who keep Hubble up to date and on schedule. It also highlights the Hubble team on earth who tell it what to do. This website has information straight from NASA. To the left of the page there are tabs that can help you navigate through the website. The tabs also show more information on the hubble space telescope. At the bottom of the page it has a list of accomplishments that the hubble space telescope achieved. It also lists future missions for the Hubble Space Telescope. This website is easy to navigate through, because of its easy-to-understand format and the information is reliable due to it being on a goverment site such as NASA. This website is mainly oreinted around the Hubble Space Telescope and its most recent informarion. It has announcement out at early as possible and has a podcast. At the top of the page are five articles that are about space and each one was found thanks to the Hubble Space Telescope. The website is very easy to understand for first time users. This website consists mainly on the overview of the hubble space telescope. It starts by mentioning the date the telescope went up in space. Then later it tells the reader about the future expansion plans for the telescope. At the bottom of the page under the overview are articles that may intrigue the viewer. This article is from New York Times News which indicates this is a secure site. This website tells the viewer in general how the Hubble Space Telescope works. It is detailed accros multiple pages. It has pictures and videos throughout to makes it easy on the viewer to understand. It has suggestions and a comment area on the Hubble Space Telescope at the bottom of the page. This website try to help the viewer have a easy time understanding how the Hubble Spcae Telescope works in easy-to-read font with examples throughout the article


Each of these websites include large amounts of information, all this infomation is simple to read and extremely interesting. Most people learn about the Hubble Space in school but they never remember the extent of its research and how it has changed the way we discover space. These websites describe and explain everything you need to know about the Hubble Space Telescope which is in my opinion the most interesting telescope in to world.

If you love the Hubble Telescope so much there is an inexpensive way to build your own. At there are three different ways to build your telescope; all the parts can be found your local hardware store for around twenty dollars. Here are some of the items you will need, REMEMBER SAFTEY FIRST these models requires power tools. Adults must supervise children attempting to construct this model and help where needed. Eye protection advised. If you need help do not hesitate to ask an adult for help.
  • Drill with 3/16"drill bit
  • Saw
  • Miter box (optional)
  • C-clamp or vise
  • Sandpaper or file
  • Scissors or craft knife
  • Stapler
  • Ruler
  • Pencil