Monday, August 20, 2012

Amazing Facts about Hubble Telescope

Amazing Facts about Hubble Telescope

We all know that Hubble Telescope is the most famous telescope in this world and it has helped the astronomers by giving valuable information.  Hubble Telescope was launched into space on 24th April, 1990 by Space Shuttle Discovery.  Here are some of the most amazing facts about Hubble Telescope.

  • Length of Hubble Telescope is  43.5 Feet ( 13.2 meters)
  • Weight of Hubble Telescope is 24,500 pounds ( 11,110 Kg)
  • Hubble Telescope revolves around earth at a speed of  5 miles per second
  • The cost at the time of launch of Hubble Telescope was $1.5 Billions
  • The orbit of Hubble Telescope is at a height of 569 Kms. above the surface of earth and is inclined at 28,5 degrees to the equator
  • The time to complete one orbit by Hubble Telescope is 97 minutes
  • The speed of Hubble Telescope is 17,500 miles per hour ( 28,000 Kms / Hour)
  • Hubble telescope transmits about 120 Giga Bytes of science data every week to earth.
  • The Hubble Telescope does not consume much power.  It consumes about 2800 watts of electricity while a typical kitchen kettle is rated 2200 watts.  It gets the power from a couple of solar panels.
  • The Hubble Telescope is now in the final phase of its life.  Some of the vital systems of Hubble telescope will fail after 2014 and it becomes useless after that.  The Hubble telescope re enter the earth's atmosphere between 2019 and 2030 and will burn.

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