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News Archive / Tagged: Hubble Space Telescope

  • 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 […]

  • NASA astronaut Mike Massimino retires; takes University position

    SpaceFlight InsiderJuly 29th, 2014

    After two decades of service, and two space shuttle missions, NASA astronaut Mike Massimino has decided to depart from the space agency and accept a position at New York’s Columbia University. Massimino participated in two missions to repair the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) and earned the title of first astronaut to tweet in space, laying […]

  • NASA’s New Horizon mission begins search for targets beyond Pluto

    SpaceFlight InsiderJune 19th, 2014

    The Hubble Space Telescope Time Allocation Committee deliberated and after careful analysis, have recommended the use of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) to help search for potential targets in NASA’s New Horizon’s mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt. Currently, the spacecraft is currently on its way through the outer solar system with a planned […]

  • Testing begins on a new instrument to be added to NASA’s flying observatory

    Britt RawcliffeJune 5th, 2014

    NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) is getting outfitted with a new instrument which is set to provide astronomers and scientists with observations only possible from the sky. The high-resolution, mid-infrared spectrograph, called the Echelon-Cross-Echelle Spectrograph (EXES), began testing on the nights of April 7 and 9, according to Matthew Richter, leader of the […]

  • Hubble Team Unveils Most Colorful View of Universe Yet

    NASAJune 5th, 2014

    Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have assembled a comprehensive picture of the evolving universe – among the most colorful deep space images ever captured by the 24-year-old telescope. Researchers say the image, in new study called the Ultraviolet Coverage of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field, provides the missing link in star formation. The Hubble […]

  • Hubble shows Jupiter’s giant red spot is shrinking

    SpaceFlight InsiderMay 17th, 2014

    Hubble images that have been taken over the past 19 years show Jupiter’s iconic Great Red Spot is shrinking. The Jovian trademark, which is actually a raging anticyclonic storm approximately three times as large as the Earth, has wind speeds estimated as exceeding several hundreds of kilometers per hour. Due to the reduction in size, the shape of […]

  • Planetary disks found in archived Hubble Space Telescope images

    Jim SharkeyApril 26th, 2014

    Astronomers  at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI ) in Baltimore, Maryland announced on Thursday, April 24 that four previously unknown planetary disks were uncovered in archived Hubble Space Telescope images of young stars taken from 1997-2006. A fifth disk image, which was an unpublished borderline detection in 2007, was also recovered.  The debris disks are […]

  • Our Spaceflight Heritage: Our Eyes are Opened

    Heather SmithApril 25th, 2014

    On this day in 1990, The Hubble Space Telescope was deployed by the crew of STS-31.

  • Hubble repair mission remembered in new NASM exhibit

    Josh TallisApril 24th, 2014

    As the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) moves slowly towards its 2018 launch date, parts of its predecessor are securing a second life back on Earth. The Hubble Space Telescope, which Webb will be launched to replace, is the focus of the new “Repairing Hubble” exhibit at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, which […]

  • New ‘Cosmic Tape Measure’ allows Hubble to see farther more accurately than ever before

    Paul Scott AndersonApril 11th, 2014

    Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope are now able to measure the distances to stars and other objects more accurately than ever before, it was announced yesterday by the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI). Basically, Hubble can now make highly accurate measurements of the distances to stars 10 times farther away than it was able to before. How […]

  • Opinion: What happened to Charlie Bolden?

    Collin SkocikMarch 30th, 2014

    Major General Charles Frank Bolden, Jr. is one of NASA’s most accomplished astronauts. A former Marine Naval Aviator and test pilot, Bolden was selected as an astronaut in 1980. He served as astronaut safety officer and was the first astronaut to ride the slide wire escape system from the launch pad. Since he became NASA […]

  • Hubble documents the mysterious disintegration of an asteroid

    Britt RawcliffeMarch 9th, 2014

    NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, which is known for its stunning imagery of our universe, has captured a unique observation of a disintegrating asteroid. Taken over the period of several months, this never-before-seen view offers up a mystery as to how it came about.

  • Choices: NASA FY 2015 budget – ISS, Russia, SLS, Commercial Crew, SOFIA

    Jason RhianMarch 5th, 2014

    A teleconference was held on March 4, 2014, with representatives from NASA who went over the various aspects of the Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Proposal. During which the turmoil in the Crimea, the asteroid retrieval mission, Dennis Tito’s request for an SLS and Orion for his Inspiration Mars effort, and the end of SOFIA were all […]

  • Hubble discovers first ever detailed motion in nearby galaxy

    James TuttenFebruary 22nd, 2014

    Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have accurately calculated the rotational speed of a neighboring galaxy for the first time, by studying the long duration movement of the stars within the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC).