Celebrating 34 years of space discovery with NASA

This 12 months, NASA’s Hubble House Telescope (HST) is celebrating its thirty fourth anniversary of the world’s first space-based optical telescope, which paved the scientific pathway for NASA’s James Webb House Telescope (JWST). The Hubble Telescope launched aboard the area shuttle Discovery on April 24, 1990, and deployed sooner or later later, on April 25.

When HST launched, it revolutionized astronomy. With greater than 1.6 million observations, it contributed to the examine of the cosmos and captured beautiful, awe-inspiring pictures of our universe. Its affect on our understanding of the universe because it uncovered new mysteries set a complementary stage for JWST’s observations. The 2 observatories can now mix knowledge whereas offering astronomers with a spectacular and detailed take a look at the universe. 

HST has not solely answered a number of the largest unknowns concerning the universe, like figuring out its age — at the moment, it is roughly 13.8 billion years outdated — it has additionally challenged planetary scientists, astronomers and astrophysicists to ask the largest astronomical questions concerning the thriller of area.  

The HST has additionally performed a major position in offering analysis alternatives for scientists and college students at Arizona State College’s Faculty of Earth and House Exploration, and ASU is continuous to construct on this legacy with JWST.

ASU Regents Professor Rogier Windhorst of the Faculty of Earth and House Exploration is a co-investigator and interdisciplinary scientist for JWST, together with analysis scientist Rolf Jansen, affiliate analysis scientist Seth Cohen and a group of ASU postdoctoral students, undergraduate college students and graduate college students.

Windhorst’s cosmology group proposal “DARK SKY” was not too long ago chosen by the House Telescope Science Institute (STScI) JWST Basic Observer Program for Cycle 3. The three-year program will analyze the sky background from the whole obtainable JWST imaging archive to set constraints on the very dim zodiacal mild from cometary mud on populations of faint stars and galaxies, and the character of the diffuse extragalactic background mild.  

DARK SKY is the Webb sequel to the cosmology group’s Hubble SKYSURF undertaking. With 110,000 pictures and over 1,050 hours of telescope time, it’s the most intensive Webb program up to now.

“Over the last three many years, Hubble has opened our eyes to the universe in a method by no means seen earlier than, making humankind perceive our place within the cosmos, the place we’re coming from and what our future will seem like,” stated Windhorst. “Within the subsequent few many years, Webb’s beautiful night time imaginative and prescient will increase this in lots of unexpected methods.”

Scientists at Arizona State College have been a part of HST’s three-decade journey and proceed advancing area telescope analysis by way of knowledge assortment and pictures. The implications and interpretation of HST’s knowledge have laid the groundwork for the James Webb House Telescope, launched in December 2021, and continues to additional our understanding of the universe.

As HST celebrates its thirty fourth anniversary on April 24, 2024, we spotlight a number of the discoveries made by scientists at ASU.

For Hubble pictures and extra details about the HST, go to NASA Hubblesite. 


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