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Geek Trivia: The quibble of the week for March 10, 2009

This week's quibble comes from the March 3, 2009 edition of Geek Trivia, "A waste of space (program)." TechRepublic member Bamaro disputed the notion that the infamous optical inadequacies in the Hubble Space Telescope were ever truly repaired.

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This week's quibble comes from the March 3, 2009 edition of Geek Trivia, "A waste of space (program)." TechRepublic member Bamaro disputed the notion that the infamous optical inadequacies in the Hubble Space Telescope were ever truly repaired:

"How good was the corrective lens? I assume it did not completely correct the flaw. Anyone know if this is true and how bad was the Hubble hobbled?"

TechRepublic member Ric_Shanahan had the answer before I even heard the question:

"The ‘lenses' used to correct Hubble's figure error were actually small mirrors with an error exactly opposite to the main mirror. They worked very well because, once it was clear (pun) what went wrong, the error could be exactly corrected."

For good measure, TechRepublic member JCanaday threw in links to some visual proof of the improvement:

"Judging from the quality of the Hubble pictures I've seen, the correction was pretty darn good. Here's a link to some before and after shots."

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