Hubble Space Telescope: the most fascinating facts you don't know about

The HST is a huge achievement of mankind. It allows us to learn more about outer space and the furthest galaxies. However, do you know something about the telescope that helped to disclose so many secrets about cosmos?



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26 Comments
Ester Pereyra
wow, amazing. the inventor should have been given an award. but what happens if it plunges back down to earth? that's scary. could it be propelled to fall into the sea? i hope to minimize damage
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Dec 10, 2016 9:11PM
Don Hunt
Don Hunt
if its falling very fast how are you going to propell it
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Dec 10, 2016 9:48PM
Ed Bona
It will burn up once it enters our atmosphere.
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Dec 10, 2016 9:50PM
Ester Pereyra
Adolfo E. Bonafoux that's good news, sir. thank u for the reply
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Dec 10, 2016 11:36PM
Quincy J. Reed
Quincy J. Reed
WWOWW!!!
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Dec 10, 2016 11:36PM
Quincy J. Reed
Quincy J. Reed
Adolfo E. Bonafoux INTELLIGENT ANSWER
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Dec 10, 2016 11:38PM
Connie Hurley
Very Interesting!
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Dec 10, 2016 11:45PM
Paul Sterling
Paul Sterling
Maybe if we had not parked the schuttles we could keep it up there.....I don,t know that it,s just a thought
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Dec 10, 2016 11:56PM
Ester Pereyra
William Laughlin wow, that's a lot of new info. am not into those things. all i know is it's huge and might do damage on entry to earth. thank you again.
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Dec 11, 2016 1:13AM
williamrlaughlin
Ester Pereyra Measuring in at roughly the size of a bus, the telescope is much larger than your average orbiting satellite, so when it does enter the atmosphere, some of its pieces are going to make it through. You never really know what’s going to survive, but the mirror is likely to survive reentry. It’s a big piece, and will probably survive temperatures that it’s exposed to. So how is NASA going to make sure Hubble’s pieces don’t land on a sprawling metropolis? The telescope’s destruction will have to be guided. During STS-125, the astronauts installed a generic docking mechanism to the telescope, called the Soft Capture and Rendezvous System, which can attach to any basic rocket motor. The idea is to let Hubble slowly creep toward Earth, and right before it falls, NASA will send a small rocket to dock with the telescope and guide its descent into the ocean.
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Dec 11, 2016 1:18AM
williamrlaughlin
Adolfo E. Bonafoux Measuring in at roughly the size of a bus, the telescope is much larger than your average orbiting satellite, so when it does enter the atmosphere, some of its pieces are going to make it through. You never really know what’s going to survive, but the mirror is likely to survive reentry. It’s a big piece, and will probably survive the temperatures that it’s exposed to. So how is NASA going to make sure Hubble’s pieces don’t land on a sprawling metropolis? The telescope’s destruction will have to be guided. During STS-125, the astronauts installed a generic docking mechanism to the telescope, called the Soft Capture and Rendezvous System, which can attach to any basic rocket motor. The idea is to let Hubble slowly creep toward Earth and right before it falls, NASA will send a small rocket to dock with the telescope and guide its descent into the ocean.
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Dec 11, 2016 1:22AM
Danny More
Danny More
We should really go and get it when the time comes.. And yes. We can do it. IF WE WANT TO....
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Dec 11, 2016 1:32AM
Lola Neal
Lola Neal
wow great news, never know this
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Dec 11, 2016 1:42AM
Bill Thomas
Technology never ceases to amaze me.
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Dec 11, 2016 1:50AM
Dennis Myers
It didn't work when it was first launched. NASA had to put a "contact lens" on it ( while it was doing the 28000 kilometer per hour).
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Dec 11, 2016 2:28AM

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