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Informal Science Education Resources
from the home of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope

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Links To Online Images Of HST

Here at the Space Telescope Science Institute we focus on the science results from the Hubble Space Telescope. Many fine images of Hubble itself are available at other NASA websites. They are images taken by astronauts during servicing missions.

NOTE: Images from Servicing Mission 1 (Hubble Repair), STS-61, December 1993, and the Hubble Launch Mission, STS-31, April 1990, are not well archived on the web. However, one additional NASA site that contains some very high-resolution images of Hubble is called GRIN. When you go there, just search for Hubble.

Here is a hint when looking at the Hubble images at the various NASA-Manned Spaceflight galleries: When the filename contains the letter “e,” it means that the picture was taken with the electronic still camera, and no higher-resolution version is available. Filenames without the “e” are images taken on photographic film and then digitally scanned to a particular resolution. It is possible to have higher-resolution scans made by NASA at Johnson Space Flight Center, but this can take a long time. We’ve had one particular good Hubble image (upper right – now showing the old solar panels) scanned and it is available for download. Warning: This is a 142MB download.

Servicing Mission 3B – STS-109 – March, 2002

Caution: Some of these photos show Hubble before servicing. The post-servicing images show the new solar arrays, which are smaller and completely flat. (The old ones were wavy, made of fabric.)

Servicing Mission 3A – STS-103 – December, 1999

Servicing Mission 2 – STS-87 – February, 1997

Links to images of Edwin Hubble

If you’re looking for high-quality images of astronomer Edwin Hubble (1889-1953), for whom the Hubble Space Telescope is named, a good source is the Huntington Library.

They have many of Hubble’s original manuscripts, as well as images of the observatories where he worked.

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