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Hubble to be replaced by Webb Space Telescope
The Hubble Space Telescope was carried into orbit by the Space Shuttle Discovery in April 1990. After 20 years of use, it will be phased out next year. It is due to be replaced in 2013, by the new and much more powerful Webb Space Telescope.
AFTER 20 years of use, the Hubble Space Telescope will be phased out next year. The telescope dubbed as a $2bn “technoturkey” will be abandoned in the space in 2010.

Orbiting at 380 miles above the Earth’s surface, Hubble Space Telescope has been described as Nasa’s most successful mission. Hubble was designed to provide the clearest view ever of the cosmos, providing astronomers with vision that was ten times clearer and fifty times more sensitive than that of the best ground-based telescopes.

It took hundreds and thousands of most outstanding images of planets, stars, nebulae, galaxies.

Our galaxy, the Milky Way with over 400 billion stars, is just one of about a hundred billion galaxies spread all over the universe.

Based on data gathered by the Hubble Space Telescope, scientists now believe that the universe is about 13.7 billion years old.

The Hubble Space Telescope is due to be replaced in 2013, by the new and much more powerful Webb Space Telescope. The new telescope is designed to see in infrared to provide deeper understanding of the universe.



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