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feraligatr8
2009-Jul-12, 09:26 AM
I'm doing a research project about the launch of the Hubble space telescope for school and need a few questions answered

Where was it launched? (Accurate locations plz)
Who were the people involved?
What caused the event? (Pretty stupid question lol)

Can you guys answer ASAP plz

thnx

PS: any cool facts about Hubble and interesting info about it is appreciated

:)

Nowhere Man
2009-Jul-12, 10:16 AM
What caused what event?

You should be able to find these answers at a library (ask a librarian for guidance), on the web, or even (gods help you) Wikipedia.

Fred

Jeff Root
2009-Jul-12, 10:38 AM
Hello, feral alligator!



I'm doing a research project about the launch of the Hubble space
telescope for school and need a few questions answered

Where was it launched? (Accurate locations plz)
Who were the people involved?
What caused the event? (Pretty stupid question lol)
That last can actually be a very interesting question to answer, and
quite involved. Just how involved depends to a large extent on how
far back you want to start. In the case of the Hubble Space Telescope,
you could reasonably start at the very beginning, with the Big Bang.

The questions tell me something about the kinds of things your teacher
wants you to learn. The first question would be extremely easy to
answer, except for one slight complication: The HST could be said to
have been "launched" from a Space Shuttle in orbit. Where was that?
I don't know exactly where the Space Shuttle was when it released
the HST. The easiest part of the answer I'd bet you already knew
before I mentioned the Space Shuttle. You know where the Space
Shuttle launches from. Everyone knows that. So why did you ask us?
Is it because you need a more precise answer? There were two launch
pads that the Shuttles launched from. And there were five Shuttles
that have gone into Space. Which Shuttle carried HST into orbit, and
which pad did it launch from? Before the Internet existed, details like
those could be hard to find. You would probably need to locate a book
about satellites or astronomy or about the HST specifically. You might
be able to find it in an encyclopedia article about HST.

Nowdays, with the Internet, you can do a search and find web pages
telling all about HST. In particular, Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia
for just that sort of information. You find the page on the subject you
want, then find the info you're looking for on that page.

The second question is much broader than the first. A lot of people
were involved. It would be a very good idea for you to think about
what kinds of people would need to be involved to put up the HST,
before you look anything up or even ask us. I'll ask you to make a
list of some of the jobs that you think were most essential to planning,
designing, building, launching, and operating HST. I'd like to see the
list you come up with.

Some of the individual people involved in putting up HST will be easier
to find out about than others. The easiest one springs right to mind.
Can you guess who I'm thinking of? You know his name! How was he
involved in putting up HST?

The third question is the broadest, allowing a more free-form answer
than the first two questions. You can answer it just about any way
you like, unless your teacher has given you more specific guidelines.
Since the answer to the third question can suggest many of the jobs
and people who were involved, it might be a good idea to think about
it even before you try to answer the second question. As you think
about what may have caused HST to be put up, it will give you ideas
about the jobs involved in putting it up.



PS: any cool facts about Hubble and interesting info about it is
appreciated

:)
The Hubble Space Telescope made the first images of Pluto which
showed any markings on its surface. Pluto is so far away that before
HST, all that could be seen was a point of light.

HST can point in one direction constantly for hours as it makes an
image while it orbits around the Earth. It holds its orientation very
precisely using three large rotors called "reaction wheels". When HST
holds its orientation like that for a long time, the wheels can end up
spinning at their maximum design speed, so they need to be slowed
down. In order to slow down the reaction wheels without causing
HST to start spinning, HST "grabs onto" Earth's magnetic field with
"magnetic torquers". The same force that makes a compass needle
point north/south prevents HST from rotating too much while slowing
its reaction wheels.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

Swift
2009-Jul-12, 02:52 PM
I'm doing a research project about the launch of the Hubble space telescope for school and need a few questions answered

feraligatr8,
First, welcome to BAUT.

Second, for future reference, we do not encourage asking (and answering) homework questions (if that is your "research project").

Thanks,

novaderrik
2009-Jul-13, 04:42 AM
the Hubble was built by isolated Inuit tribesmen in the Amazon rain forest and was launched from a giant catapult on a cruise ship as it traveled across the equator in a north easterly heading about 200 miles off the eastern coast of Africa. it was truly an international effort.
don't believe me? well, you just read it on the internet, so it has to be true.