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Hubble Telescope in action

Hubble in orbit above the earth

Orbiting the earth, Hubble is able to see farther and deeper into the universe than any ground-based telescope.

The images and text excerpts all come from the Hubble Web site, a great resource for all things Hubble.

IMAGE CREDIT: NASA

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26 comments
anthonyb768
anthonyb768

Cool pics I'm fascinated.So awsome is our Galaxy

meaparicio
meaparicio

As we hear a lot of speculations regarding The Moon visit and walks, I still wonder: Why Hubble has never been aimed at Sea Of Tranquility on the moon surface, to show, to all the non believers, the remains of the Moon Landing Site? I think Hubble could end the chain of suggestions about a moon hoax... Or is it that pointing the space eye to the moon would just confirm the unwanted????

suzedd
suzedd

great shot not the best i have ever seen,but if it a sign of things to come then you are on the right track.as a member could i add to your astronomt/spacs catalogue and if so how may i do this kindest regards ED

pgit
pgit

I didn't think Hubble could image the moon, too much light, which translates to heat. But this brings up a question: why don't they snap a shot of one of the Apollo landing sites, with the base of the LEM, a rover, footprints etc, to settle the argument once and for all whether we went there or it was a hoax? Could it be because it WAS a hoax? If they can see pores on your nose from space with relatively "cheap" commercial satellites, surely they have the power to resolve one of those landing sites. Look at the picture of Venus, for instance. 70 million miles... that is incredible. But the moon is only 225,000 or so. How 'bout it, NASA?

cwongqf
cwongqf

My very 1st ambition. These pictures remind me of my 1st love for space

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jeremial-21966916363912016372987921703527

It is always humorous to me that people can view such wonderful images of the Universe - with its 100 billion galaxies, each made up of their billions of stars, in turn made up of billions of atoms - and still believe it all came about "by chance" with no intelligent Creator. I will never understand it.

AV .
AV .

I love the pictures. Thank you NASA. The Hubble Space Telescope has given all of us pictures of galaxies and nebulae that are SO awe-inspiring. Pictures of our universe. Its just amazing. I am especially impressed with the pictures because I can compare what I see in my lowly telescope to what the Hubble sees. All I can say is, what an incredible piece of engineering the Hubble is. No telescope on Earth can compare. AV

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hmmmmm!

I am always in awe of this machine, and the wonderful brains that can make such a machine teach us so much. It is sad that USA is dumbing down, as we once led the world in these peaceful uses of our technology, now we use what is left to build anti this and that.. How far we went, how far we have fallen. Hubble, you are our icon of the once great USA.

extremejm
extremejm

65 MILLION light years... how wonderful these things are but instead of exploring them we're busy fighting over slivers of land on this planet and blowing each other up. Children.

arjanh
arjanh

This is where science becomes art. There are very few fields of science that can produce art, but astronomy is definitely one of them.

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hmmmmm!

For Hubble to be even considered for "proving" we landed on Moon, is an insult to those that have evolved beyond first walk when down from trees. If some want to think Moon landing faked, so be it, but to allow Hubble to be used to "verify" is a fools errand, and USA already has enough on it fools plate, we need not add more.

santeewelding
santeewelding

About pixel size re Hubble on the NASA site, to which I subscribe. In spite of everything wonderful about the main lens, it doesn't resolve to the necessary granularity.

boxfiddler
boxfiddler moderator

during the moon landing, but I was on the edge of my seat watching. The only thing I recall from those days that was more suspenseful was rescuing Apollo 13. What a thrill those days were to a SciFi nut adolescent! May be that NASA found some way to 'hoax' the affair, but I don't think so.

meaparicio
meaparicio

I would not accept arguments about "the Moon light being too much and would "blare" the telescope"... A machine so complex and expensive, surely has an iris to reduce the lens aperture. Doing such would also increase dramatically the sharpness of the moon images and we could read the brand of the "cigarrette buts being smoked while walking on the sand", not to say the LEM remains, the famous stiff flag and all the foot prints, unless of course, the Moon maintenance staff had just "wiped out the mess, and restored the untouched look of our only real satellite" Mike

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hmmmmm!

The reason some feel "only intelligent life is on Earth".. is a direct result of the fact they and peers are to stupid to find way out of their local county, and define a "light year" as a long lasting lamp bulb. But the Hubble is some piece of work.. makes one ashamed at how stupid the USA generally acts and does. A shame the Hubble is not the icon of USA to the world, as our Moon landings once were.. Rather then the current icon, the "$" sign and bombs or such.. to reflect the greed and corruption of USA.

boxfiddler
boxfiddler moderator

because we can't get to those wonderful things in order to fight over them.

boxfiddler
boxfiddler moderator

Science produced the tool by which we view the art that is the known universe. The known universe was in existence long before man, and will continue to exist long after man does himself in.

pgit
pgit

google earth. There are numerous craft orbiting the moon that have imaged down to the inch scale, 100% of the surface is imaged already. All they have to do is release an image that already exists, right? It's not a matter of using Hubble, the pictures are sitting on a hard drive somewhere this instant. Why have Discovery channel and National Geographic shows to "bust the myth?" when all they need do is release images THAT EXIST NOW. I'm insulted that NASA would give money to the "myth busters" to "prove" they landed on the moon. Your "tax dollars" by the way. Get real. BTW my father in law was an engineer at Grumman and worked on the LEM. He gets real funny when you talk about "moon landing." Sort of like Armstrong in the video I posted in my last....

pgit
pgit

There's at least a dozen hi res satellites in orbit around the moon. I saw an image of one of the surveyor craft sitting on the moon... BS, they could have released pictures of "Tranquility base" by now, that they haven't speaks volumes. Come on, in the intentionally diminished google earth picture of my property you can clearly see me and my dogs sitting out back. And we have an atmosphere! And the orbit is much higher! Nope. Another thing: they claimed they cooled the astronauts by evaporating water?! Water doesn't evaporate in a vacuum. Duh. And if they could do that the amount of water they'd need sure wouldn't fit into an Apollo capsule. Sure, as a 9 year old kid I was mesmerized. And as a 18 year old young man I was mesmerized by star wars, too. Actually, I was and have always been far more interested in unmanned space exploration. THAT is some truly stunning science. Before Apollo I had a moon map and I mapped where they crashed the Rangers and soft-landed the Surveyors. I even scribbled my own designs for robot craft, marking stuff like the thruster fuel canisters as "LOX" and "hydrazine," or "high gain antenna" etc. I don't know the truth of the manned moon matter, but I do know with 110% certainty they could post images NOW and end the crap. What on God's green earth does that tell you? The consequences are staggering. The Chinese have imaging satellites orbiting the moon, so if they saw it was a hoax... I'm reminded of Bill Hicks, who painted a scene of a new president settling into the white house. A bunch of operatives you've never seen before take him into the white house movie theater, the lights dim, a screen scrolls down out of the ceiling... and suddenly you see the JFK murder from an angle you've never seen before... then the screen goes up, the lights come back... "any questions?" Hicks had the president answer "yeah... what's my agenda?" I'd sooner believe Billy Meier than NASA, so far as manned missions goes. Does this sound like a man that's just walked on the moon? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RcKLAo62Ro You should see this whole conference, it's painful. In fact notice Buzz looking off stage, as if to say "I TOLD you I should have been the man!!"

pgit
pgit

cigarette butts... that's good. There's all manner of imaging satellites in moon orbit, one of them provided an image on which you could see one of the soft-lander surveyor craft sitting on the surface looking lonely. Does anyone else find it odd there has never been a picture of one of the maned landing sites released to the public? Don't you think that would be one of the very first images you'd want to make?

pgit
pgit

And happy holidays back at ya. I have to say of all the places I've been, Tennessee is one of the few I'd move to. I was a corporate pilot for 18 years so I've 'seen it all.' Here in western New York the winters are brutal, and the taxes here are astronomical and getting worse fast. I have a brother who lives just off your eastern end near Blacksburg Virginia. (he and his wife work for VaTech) Everything about the place (and into Tennessee) is perfect. The geology/geography, the central-ish location, the weather... Big fan of Tennessee. Though I don't get that pyramid thing in Memphis... Anyway, may the new year find you happy, healthy and wealthy...

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hmmmmm!

It is a waste of NASA and my time to even honor your fools errand.. enjoy your paranoid holidays.. for me subject closed.. as have a UFO landing in back 40.. got to go and meet them.. Seems they are interested in those folks that know moon landing needs to be proved..

pgit
pgit

Waste money? Who said anything that would imply any cost? You're forgetting the fact NASA WASTED YOUR MONEY paying "myth busters" and others to "debunk the debunkers." There ARE images of every inch of that moon, it would take 3 mouse clicks to upload one to a web site showing the landers, flags etc. Google earth, dude. Google earth. And that's only the declassified stuff. They can see pores on your nose from space, and this is through an atmosphere. I say again, there is no atmosphere on the moon and the orbit is only 30 or so miles above the surface. You tell me why they haven't shown an image THAT MUST ALREADY EXIST and would be FREE to release (as it's already been paid for) that would prove once and for all? So you're satisfied with NASA paying "myth busters" and others with YOUR MONEY to "prove" absolutely nothing, when all they would have to do is release pictures THAT ALREADY EXIST and would NOT cost anything, including further confusion? Next I suppose you're going to tell me Arabs with box cutters hijacked planes and flew them into buildings!

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hmmmmm!

More worried that if "never landed on Moon" may soon be over taken by those the claim the "Earth is flat but NASA refused to release photo's to prove it" Amusing that some want to waste money to "Finally end the discussion on Moon landing". So I submit use those funds to get release of photo that earth is really flat and aliens blocking close up of Moon as they have a base there..