Jan 29, 2009

Hubble - Point and Click

As part of the International Year of Astronomy (http://www.astronomy2009.org/ ) the Hubble Site is letting the public decide where to point their big expensive camera.

The Hubble Space Telescope was launched on board Space Shuttle Discovery in 1990, and since then there have been 4 servicing missions by Space Shuttles. The final servicing mission is planned for May this year (read more here). 

The HST stands as a shining example of the need for Human Spaceflight. Without astronauts, the telescope would never have been able to be serviced and upgraded to continue operating till today. 

At White Label Space, the only thing we could think of as being better than a giant telescope in low earth orbit would be a giant telescope on the Moon. With no atmosphere and large open spaces, astronauts could build giant telescopes with unparalleled views of the cosmos.

But at the moment, we've still got Hubble, and you get to pick between six different targets:
  • A star forming region
  • Two planetary nebulae
  • A spiral galaxy
  • An edge-on galaxy
  • And interacting galaxies
Head on over to http://youdecide.hubblesite.org to cast your vote

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