Artwork showing Hubble Space Telescope in orbit

Artwork showing Hubble Space Telescope in orbit

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Credit: NASA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Artist's impression of the Hubble Space Telescope in orbit shortly after launch from the Space Shuttle (lower right). Due for launch in 1990, the Space Telescope will be able to view objects 50 times fainter and 7 times further away than is possible with the largest existing ground-based optical telescopes. In addition to being able to see fainter objects, Space Telescope will produce images of much higher resolution (detail) because they will not suffer the blurring effect of the Earth's turbulent atmosphere. The image shows the two solar panels which power the satellite & one of the two dish antennae (bottom) used for transmitting & receiving data.

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Keywords: astronomical, astronomy, astrophysics satellite, hubble space telescope, space telescope

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