April 24, 1990 would see the very first launch of the Hubble Space Telescope. Many of its missions and
accomplishments would go on to change how we look at space today. Next week, on April 24, 2020, the
telescope will mark its 30th anniversary. To mark the occasion, we at Lenox Laser are looking back at the
legacy of the Hubble Space Telescope.
When Hubble was being carried by the space shuttle Discovery (OV103), it was thought Hubble would only last an estimated 15 years. Still operational today in 2020, however, it
is believed that it could last for possibly another two decades. The Hubble Space Telescope is the largest
space-based object telescope ever to be built orbiting 353 million miles above the earth and is completely
unmanned. The Hubble Space Telescope can travel about 5 miles per second and record 350 gigabytes of
data for research every month. Interestingly, anyone can apply to use the Hubble Space Telescope but only
about a fifth of those applications are accepted. In its time, the Hubble Space Telescope has made over 1.3
million observations of stars, planets, and galaxies. The final shuttle mission to the Hubble Space Telescope
took place on May 11, 2009.
Lenox Laser had the great fortune to be a part of the Hubble’s legacy starting in
1981 by helping design custom slits for the telescopes many instruments. We would also design custom
crosshair fiducials, which can be any object place in the field-of-view of an imaging system. They can be used
for many types of surveys, such as radiological and geological. Lenox Laser cannot be more grateful for such a
tremendous once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. You can read more about Lenox Laser’s involvement here or if
you are interested in our optical solutions that we offer click here.
The Hubble Space Telescope has given a
massive new perspective on the views of space. 30 years is a great achievement, here’s to the hope that space
exploration never stops growing. To learn more about the Hubble Space Telescope, please visit NASA.