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What was the launch date of the Hubble Space Telescope?
A: April 24, 1990.
What was the launch site for the
A: Kennedy Space Center LC-39, Florida, U.S.
What type of vehicle was used to launch Hubble?
A: Space Shuttle Discovery.
What is the mass of the Hubble Space Telescope?
A: 24,490 at launch.
How long is the Hubble Telescope?
A: 43 ft.
What type of orbit is the telescope in?
A: Near-circular low Earth orbit.
What is the height of Hubble's orbit?
A: 347 miles.
What is Hubble's orbit period?
A: 96–97 minutes.
What is Hubble's orbit velocity?
A: 25,000 feet per second.
What is the diameter of the Hubble Telescope?
A: 7.9 feet.
What is the size of the collecting area of the telescope?
A: 48 square feet.
What is Hubble's focal length?
A: 189 feet.
Hubble's four main instruments observe in what spectra?
A: The near ultraviolet, visible, and near infrared spectra.
Who is the Hubble telescope is named after?
A: The astronomer Edwin Hubble.
Hubble's orbit is outside the distortion of Earth's what?
Being outside the atmosphere allows it to take what kind of
A: Extremely high-resolution images with almost no background light.
Many Hubble observations have led to breakthroughs in what
A: Astrophysics, such as accurately determining the rate of expansion of the
Who built Hubble?
A: The United States space agency NASA, with contributions from the European
Who operates the Hubble Space Telescope?
A: The Space Telescope Science Institute.
The HST is one of NASA's Great Observatories, along with
the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory, the Chandra X-ray Observatory, and the
Spitzer Space Telescope.
Hubble is the only space telescope to be designed to be
A: Serviced in space by astronauts.
How many times have Space Shuttle missions repaired,
upgraded, and replaced systems on the telescope?
Hubble's scientific successor, the James Webb Space
Telescope (JWST), is scheduled for launch in what year?