Friday, April 25, 2008

Happy Birthday, Hubble Space Telescope!

Eighteen years ago yesterday, the Hubble Space Telescope was launched on shuttle Discovery.

As other bloggers have noted, most freshman Astro101 students are the same age as Hubble. And were toddlers when astronauts corrected the spherical abberation, finally giving us diffraction--limited views of the distant universe.

3 comments:

dr. dave said...

Thanks for that... i needed to feel ANCIENT today. The only questions is which of us will be de-commisioned and burnt-up first.

The AstroDyke said...

Or strung on wires in the Air & Space museum!

Chuck said...

And just think that my professors were amazed that our class was so young that we were all born after Apollo 17 left the moon.