Hubble Space Telescope
Q: What is the Hubble Space Telescope?
A: The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) is a large orbiting telescope that NASA deployed into Earth orbit in 1990, with the European Space Agency (ESA) as a partner. It is one of the largest and most powerful scientific instruments ever built.
Q: Where is the Hubble Space Telescope?
A: The Hubble Space Telescope orbits Earth at an altitude of about 547 km (340 miles). It is above Earth’s atmosphere, giving Hubble a clear view of the universe.
Q: What did the Hubble Space Telescope discover?
A: The Hubble Space Telescope has made many important discoveries over the years, including:
* The expansion rate of the universe
* Age of the universe
* Dark matter and dark energy
* The life cycle of stars
Q: What is the impact of the Hubble Space Telescope?
A: The Hubble Space Telescope has had a profound impact on our understanding of the universe. This has helped us answer some of the most fundamental questions about our place in the universe, such as how the universe began and how it is evolving.
Q: What is the future of the Hubble Space Telescope?
A: The Hubble Space Telescope still operates today, more than 30 years after launch. It will continue to operate for several more years but it will eventually need to be replaced. NASA is currently developing a new space telescope called the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), scheduled to launch in 2021.