(The Hindu) 25 years of the Hubble Space Telescope
23rd April 2015
25 years of the Hubble Space Telescope
- Joint Venture of NASA & ESA (European Space Agency)
- Launched on 24 Apr. 1990 by space shuttle ‘ Discovery’
- Orbit – 552 Km above earth
- Provided :
- Breakthrough images
- Produced Fundamental Discoveries
- Brought paradigm shift in understanding of universe.
- Determine rate at which our universe has been expanding (within 10% of accuracy)
- HST found our universe not only expanding but also accelerating
- Crash landing of comet shoemaker- Levy9
- March 2015 – Subsurface ocean in Ganymede, Jovian Satellite
- 1996 – Long exposure photograph of universe through hole in our milky way galaxy .
- It told us how the process if star formation in galaxies first increased and then waned in last few billion years or so .
- HST helped to make was that almost every galaxy contains a black hole in its centre.
Art. Ref : 25 years of the Hubble Space Telescope : http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/25-years-of-the-hubble-space-telescope/article7130602.ece
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