Hubble’s Amazing Journey takes a look at the remarkable discoveries that have been made by the world’s most famous space telescope.
Hubble was named after the famous astronomer Edwin Hubble and has given us tantalising images of distant nebulas, astrophysical jets and even exoplanets.
However, when it was first launched over 25 years ago the telescope was seen as a bit of a disaster. Costing $2.8bn, the expectations for the telescope were sky high and so when the first images came back blurry the blame game really started.
It turned out there was an optical fault on the mirror and this was ruining all the pictures. Luckily a reverse image of the fault was manufacturer and a Shuttle mission managed to make a full repair.
Since then Hubble has opened the deep parts of the universe to our examination and must rate as one of the most important developments in our exploration of space.
Hubble’s website is offline just now but you can find out more at NASA’s site.
Take a peek through Hubble’s Amazing Journey at 8 PM on National Geographic Channel.