Hubble makes one millionth spacial observation
Hubble made the millionth observation using its Wide Field Camera 3, a visible and infrared light imager with an on-board spectrometer.
Ayinde O. Chase
Washington, D.C., United States
July 5, 2011 04:51 pm EDT
Science And Technology, Space Program, Science And Technology, Technology, Science And Technology, Scientific Exploration
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope reached another milestone in its space trek of exploration and discovery. On Monday, July 4, the Earth-orbiting observatory made its one millionth science observation.
The historic logging of data occurred during a search for water in an exoplanet's atmosphere 1,000 light-years away.
"For 21 years Hubble has been the premier space science observatory, astounding us with deeply beautiful imagery and enabling ground-breaking science across a wide spectrum of astronomical disciplines," said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. He piloted the space shuttle mission that carried Hubble to orbit.
Hubble's millionth exposure is of the planet HAT-P-7b, a gas giant planet larger than Jupiter orbiting a star hotter than our sun.
Hubble was launched April 24, 1990, aboard space shuttle's Discovery's STS-31 mission. The observatory has collected more than 50 terabytes of data to-date.
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