Ode To Hubble Joy

The space telescope has taken us deep into the universe

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Hubble Telescope is beloved of astronomers, artists, poets, and screen savers everywhere. For a week it's been in the repair bay of the Space Shuttle being lovingly fixed by spacewalking astronauts. It's a bittersweet moment for the astronauts as word came down that this is the last time the Hubble will be repaired. In the next five to seven years, the Hubble will disintegrate in the atmosphere and be tossed (robotically) into the ocean. The Takeaway's John Hockenberry walks us through the history, problems, and dreams that have been a part of its 19-year existence.

Here's National Geographic's look at the Hubble's last repairs:

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