By Jessie Forand/ECHO Saint Michael's College Associate Professor Physics John O'Meara participated in our Earth Day programming ...

Hubble 25th Anniversary

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By Jessie Forand/ECHO

Saint Michael's College Associate Professor Physics John O'Meara participated in our Earth Day programming this week, talking about the 25th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope.

Prof. John O'Meara speaks in front of a collection of images from the Hubble Space Telescope. (Jessie Forand/ECHO)
O'Meara expalined that the Hubble is used because, of course, it provides better images since there is no air in space, but also because it can see the ultraviolet and infrared views that others miss.

Hubble has seen six missions and 33 astronauts since April 24, 1990. And when something needs to be fixed, O'Meara said crews' work is difficult, much like paying with Legos while in the dark, wearing mittens, and moving at a rate of about 5 miles per second. Workers practiced in a swimming pool.

Take a look photos from O'Meara's talk, and visit www.hubble25th.org for more information.
























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