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News Archive / Tagged: Hubble Space Telescope

  • Third largest dwarf planet found to have moon

    Laurel KornfeldMay 21st, 2017

    Dwarf planet 2007 OR10, the third largest of nine known dwarf planets in the Solar System, is orbited by a small moon, scientists discovered using current and archival images gathered by three separate observatories.

  • Trump space advisors considering Hubble servicing mission

    Bart LeahyFebruary 16th, 2017

    The Wall Street Journal reports that Trump administration advisers are considering a public-private crewed mission aboard the Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Dream Chaser spacecraft to keep the aging Hubble Space Telescope (HST) operational. The proposed mission, which would not happen before 2019, would require support from the next NASA administrator.

  • Hubble spots giant ‘cannonballs’ shooting from star

    Jim SharkeyOctober 9th, 2016

    NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has discovered blobs of superhot plasma, each twice as large as the planet Mars, being ejected from the binary-star system V Hydrae. These plasma balls are flying through space so fast that it would take only 30 minutes for them to cover the distance from Earth to Mars.

  • NASA: Europa may have plumes of water being jettisoned into space

    Jason RhianSeptember 26th, 2016

    NASA announced on Monday, Sept. 26, a discovery regarding the Galilean moon Europa. Hubble Space Telescope observations show the moon appears to be jettisoning plumes of water out into space.

  • Hubble detects small moon orbiting dwarf planet Makemake

    Laurel KornfeldApril 28th, 2016

    Dwarf planet Makemake, the second brightest object in the Kuiper Belt, is orbited by a small, dark moon. The satellite was discovered by a team of scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) from observations conducted in April 2015.

  • NASA’s chief ‘Hubble-Hugger’ announces retirement from agency

    Jason RhianApril 5th, 2016

    On April 30, NASA will lose one of the agency's most experienced spaceflight veterans when astronaut John Grunsfeld retires from NASA. Grunsfeld is currently serving as the agency's associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, a role he has held for four years.

  • Waiting for scientific breakthroughs: an interview with JWST project scientist Pierre Ferruit

    Tomasz NowakowskiDecember 28th, 2015

    In an interview with, JWST Project Scientist Pierre Ferruit of the European Space Agency (ESA) talks of the telescope’s key role in future astronomy observations, describes the latest updates and explains how Europe contributes to the project.

  • Astronaut Scholarship Foundation commemorates Hubble’s first 25 years

    SpaceFlight InsiderNovember 9th, 2015

    COCOA BEACH, Fla. — On Friday, Nov. 6, the ASF invited guests to experience a night at Eastern Florida State College with astronauts and other personnel who were involved with the release, repair, and utilization of the Hubble Space Telescope over the past 25 years.

  • Hubble portrait of Jupiter captures new changes in Great Red Spot

    Jim SharkeyOctober 15th, 2015

    Scientists using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have produced new maps of Jupiter as part of series of annual portraits of the Solar System's outer planets to analyze how these giant planets change over time. The images of Jupiter have already revealed a previously unseen filament in the core of the Great Red Spot and a rare wave just north of the planet's equator.

  • With Pluto’s moons – chaos reigns

    Laurel KornfeldJune 5th, 2015

    Pluto's small moons orbit their parent world chaotically, with Nix and Hydra wobbling and tumbling, according to a new study by Dr. Marc Showalter, senior research scientist at California's SETI Institute, and Dr. Douglas Hamilton, an astronomy professor at the University of Maryland in College Park.

  • James Webb Space Telescope poised to take Hubble’s legacy farther

    Collin SkocikApril 29th, 2015

    As the Hubble Space Telescope marks its twenty-fifth anniversary, NASA is preparing an even more ambitious telescope to be launched in October of 2018—the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). Where the Hubble has probed the most distant galaxies in the universe in visible light and ultraviolet, the JWST will study the cosmos in the infrared […]

  • Hubble: NASA’s greatest observatory opens its eyes

    Jason RhianApril 24th, 2015

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — Twenty five years might not seem like that long a period of time. However, for a spacecraft positioned in low-Earth orbit, each moment sees the weathering effects of radiation, the threat of imminent disaster due to micrometeoroids or debris, as well as the general hostile environment found 353 miles (569 kilometers) above […]

  • Busy times ahead for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope

    Steve ShurtleffJanuary 3rd, 2015

    Development of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST ) is progressing as NASA scientists, technicians, and engineers retrofit Chamber A, a thermal vacuum chamber, which was originally used to test manned spacecraft is now being tasked in the production of this new space-based observatory. Once the modifications are complete, Chamber A will be called into service to test […]

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: Remembering the Christmas flight of STS-103

    Heather SmithDecember 19th, 2014

    Space Shuttle Discovery launched on a December evening in 1999 on its way to become the third servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). Led by six-time shuttle flier Commander Curtis Brown, Service Mission Three (SM3A) would require three spacewalks to repair Hubble’s solar panels, data transmitter, data recorder, and replace its gyroscopes.

  • Hubble detects New Horizons’ targets beyond Pluto

    Laurel KornfeldOctober 17th, 2014

    From its earliest days, NASA’s New Horizons mission was viewed as having a dual purpose–the first being to fly by and image the Pluto system and the second to visit one or more of the tiny Kuiper Belt Objects (KBOs) beyond Pluto — relics left intact from the solar system’s earliest days. With the help of the […]