posted on Jul, 2 2004 @ 12:23 PM
Recently came accross this article on the Hubble telescope...
Launched in 1990, this amazing piece of equipment has given us the opportunity to view things in our galaxies before thaught impossible.
The Hubble Space Telescope may have discovered as many as 100 new planets orbiting stars in our galaxy.
Hubble's harvest comes from a sweep of thousands of stars in the dome-like bulge of the Milky Way.
If confirmed it would almost double the number of planets known to be circling other stars to about 230.
Some Hubble FACTS:
NASA named the world's first space-based optical telescope after American astronomer Edwin P. Hubble (1889–1953).
Dr. Hubble confirmed an "expanding" universe, which provided the foundation for the Big Bang theory.
Launch: April 24, 1990 from space shuttle Discovery (STS-31)
Deployment: April 25, 1990
Mission Duration: Up to 20 years
Servicing Missions: December 1993, February 1997, December 1999, February 2002.
Length: 43.5 ft (13.2 m)
Weight: 24,500 lb (11,110 kg)
Maximum Diameter: 14 ft (4.2 m)
[Edited on 2-7-2004 by quadricle]