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Hubble Telescope In Shadow

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As it journeys in space, Hubble—the amazing orbiting space telescope—travels at nearly five miles per second.  It requires no fuel, but it does need repairs and upgrades from time to time.

Is Hubble ever hit by anything floating in space?  NASA tells us that the transmitter of beautiful images to Earth has, in fact, been "dinged" from time to time by micrometeorite impacts.  

Do temperature extremes and sunlight ever degrade Hubble's silvery thermal insulating material? The answer is "yes," which is another reason why the long lifespan of this orbiting wonder has been so impressive.

In this image, we see Hubble on its own with the shadow of a departing shuttle partially covering it.

Click on the image for a better view. 


Media Credits

Image online, courtesy NASA.

 

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