I’ve always wanted to get a telescope that I could take pictures through. Unfortunately, money and interest have not intersected properly yet. So, I have to picture space vicariously through telescopes like Hubble.
Hubble gets amazing pictures… they changed the world. Hubble carries on in the imagination like Apollo 8’s Earthrise picture. I can remember the impact that Hubble’s pictures first had on me, because I feel the same way every time I see them. I mean, that’s a picture of an explosion bigger than our whole solar system. Cool!
The Science Channel is documenting the last planned servicing mission to Hubble. In 5-10 years, when Hubble needs another tuneup, it will be guided into the ocean instead. An ungraceful end for a marvelous instrument. Hubble is the flagship telescope for the golden age of astronomy. We’re learning more about the Universe, at a faster rate, than any other time in our history.
I saw a shuttle launch “Live” for the first time in a long time, too. Nowadays, DVRing counts as live, right? A million miles away from wheeling a grainy TV into a 6th grade classroom to watch the first launch. Just like today’s telescopes are very different from Hubble’s generation. Today’s telescopes cost less than a Hubble Service mission. instead of focusing so closely on a multi function telescope, several single purpose telescopes will replace it in orbit. It may herald the end of the Golden Age. Hubble is franchising the imagination business 🙂