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The Hubble Space Telescope reached a record one billion seconds in space

The Hubble Space Telescope, which opened the human eye to the depths of the universe, has now reached a major milestone: one billion seconds in space. The famous Hubble Observatory was launched on April 24, 1990 by the Discovery Space shuttle. Hubble landed in Earth orbit the next day and began its mission to explore the vast expanse of the universe, including distant galaxies, supernovae, nebulae, and extrasolar planets. On January 1, 2022 (December 11, 1400), the Telescope officially reached 1 billion seconds in space, which is about 31.7 years.

"For three decades, Hubble has provided us with groundbreaking scientific discoveries and iconic images of space."

The Hubble Space Telescope is a joint mission of NASA and the European Space Agency. Between 1993 and 2009, astronauts visited Hubble five times by Space shuttle for maintenance missions. During these missions, systems on the telescope, such as batteries, gyroscopes, and other scientific instruments, were repaired and upgraded. Has made 5 million observations, which, according to NASA, has in turn led to thousands of scientific papers.

Some of Hubble's most important observations include helping to determine the age of the universe (13.8 billion years, or three times the age of Earth) and the rate of expansion of the universe, the discovery of Pluto's fifth moon, the discovery of massive black holes at the center of most large galaxies, the study of the gravitational lens effect that helped astronomers plot the distribution of dark matter in the universe, and the most prominent supersonic images of the universe. "We can only imagine what the next billion-second discoveries will bring, as new telescopes like the recently launched James Webb Space Telescope and the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope of the Future," NASA officials added. "They are based on Hubble's explorations and work with Hubble to expand our understanding of the universe." The year 2021 was full of challenges and he was asleep for a long time, but each time he was recovered with the efforts of the mission team. Despite these problems, NASA and the European Space Agency continue to rely on its performance to capture valuable scientific data. That's why NASA extended the Hubble mission until 2026 (1405 solar) in recent months under a contract with the University Astronomical Research Association (AURA) and the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI).

The Hubble Science Program will continue to support specific products and services required for the engineering of this scientific system, including ground system development, scientific operations, scientific research budgeting management and public support, and support for mission data archives in the Mikolski Archive with specific planning.

Cover Photo: Graphic Design of the Hubble Space Telescope in Space
Credit: Encyclopedia Britannica

Sources: Live Science, NASA

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