Sunday, April 5, 2009

A Space Odyssey

Next year marks the 20th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope.

Hubble Space Telescope
Hubble Space Telescope
Hubble Space Telescope

Orbiting at 380 miles above the Earth's surface, the Hubble telescope has sent us hundreds of thousands of stunning images from across the universe - it's easy to forget that when it was first launched it was widely derided as a $2bn "technoturkey" with "all the prowess of a Mr Magoo" due to its primary mirror being out of shape – by just 1/50th of the width of a human hair - causing the images to be nowhere near as sharp as had been expected. After a quick fix [sic] it's gone on to be arguably the single best achievement of space exploration.

In 2013 Hubble is due to be replace by the new and much more powerful Webb Space Telescope.

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