This section includes the description, history, and purpose of the Hubble Space Telescope; and some background on the planets we considered during this project
Description of the HubbleDeployed on April 25, 1990, the Hubble Telescope is a giant observatory aboard a spacecraft. It can make observations of the universe using visible, near-ultraviolet and near-infrared light spectra above the filtering effect of earth's atmosphere. Because of its ability to capture faint light in fine detail and the precision of its observations the Hubble Space Telescope is rapidly expanding astronomers understanding of the cosmos.
The History of the Hubble Telescope
How the Hubble Came to Be
Long before mankind had the ability to go into space, astronomers
dreamed of placing a telescope above Earth's obscuring atmosphere. An
observatory in space was proposed in 1923 by the German scientist Hermann
Oberth, whose work inspired rocket pioneer Dr. Wernher von Braun's interest
in space travel. Scientific instruments installed on early rockets, balloons,
and satellites in the late 1940s through the early 1960s produced enough
exciting scientific revelations to hint at how much remained to be discovered
Science ObjectivesThe Hubble Telescope was designed to:
About Edwin Hubble
About the Planets
Planets to be ObservedThe Live from the Hubble Space Telescope observations are targeted for March 1996 when 4 planets - Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto - will be in a position for observation by the telescope. The planets Neptune and Pluto were selected (via the Great Planet Debate) as targets for observations by students.