10 December - By James Smith
The Hubble Space Telescope is named after Edwin Hubble, an American astronomer who discovered that Andromeda was a separate galaxy from our Milky Way and helped quash the “static universe” theory .
The telescope was several decades in the making, with its early origins dating back to 1946
The launch of the telescope was delayed by the Challenger disaster in 1986, which left the project without a ride into orbit .
The Hubble Space Telescope is about the size of a large school bus and weighs 24,500 pounds .
The telescope gathers energy from the sun using two 25-foot solar panels and requires much less power than one might think, averaging 2,100 watts of power usage .
The Hubble Space Telescope has helped scientists understand how planets and galaxies form .
Hubble has detected black holes, which suck in everything around them, including light .
Hubble even discovered moons around Pluto that had not been seen before .
The telescope explores the universe 24 hours a day, 7 days a week .
The Hubble Space Telescope has helped revolutionise humanity’s understanding of the cosmos .