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Save The Hubble Space Telescope!!!

The Hubble Space Telescope, the instrument by which our definition of the universe changed, is facing an uncertain future.  

The Hubble Space Telescope, as seen from the Space Shuttle Columbia during it's last servicing mission to the satellite.

Launched in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope has wowed the world with it stunning images of the outer reaches of the cosmos.  It seemed that whenever a servicing mission upgraded the Hubble, the universe would get a few billions years older.  Yet, all things come to an end, and the Hubble, due for retirement down the road via a space shuttle orbital recovery mission. Then the Columbia accident happened.  NASA shifted its focus to solely supporting operations at the International Space Station.

Despite plans in the works for a replacement telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope, the Hubble still has a place (better than the Pacific Ocean!).  

The Webb telescope will be able to see deeper into space than the Hubble, back toward to the beginning of time, because its bigger and observes at infrared wavelengths, unlike Hubble, which sees in visible light and ultraviolet.

The easiest way to voice your concern and overall support for the preservation of the HST is to sign the petition here.

For more information (and current updates on the status of the HST), visit the 'Save the Hubble' website at 

'Save the Hubble'.com (information)'Save the Hubble'.org (petition)



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