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HISTORY WAS MADE ON THIS DAY

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The Hubble Space Telescope was launched into
low Earth orbit in
1990 and remains in operation. It was not the
first space telescope,
but it is one of the largest and most versatile, renowned both as a
vital research tool and as a public relations boon for
astronomy.

The Hubble telescope is named after astronomer Edwin Hubble
(below) and is one of NASA’s
Great Observatories.

Studio portrait photograph of Edwin Powell Hubble (cropped).JPG
Edwin Powell Hubble
(November 20, 1889 – September 28, 1953)

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HISTORY WAS MADE ON THIS DAY IN 1957

  The Space Review: Sputnik remembered: The first race to space (part 1)  (page 2)
    
   

The Soviet Union inaugurated the “Space Age” with its launch
of Sputnik, the world’s first artificial satellite. The spacecraft,
named Sputnik after the Russian word for “satellite,” was
launched at 10:29 p.m. Moscow time from the Tyuratam launch
base in the Kazakh Republic.

Sputnik had a diameter of 22 inches and weighed 184 pounds
and circled Earth once every hour and 36 minutes. Traveling 
its elliptical orbit had an  at 18,000 miles an hour. It transmitted
radio signals back to Earth strong enough to be picked up by
amateur radio operators. Those in the United States with access
to such equipment tuned in and listened in awe as the beeping
Soviet spacecraft passed over America several times a day.

In January 1958, Sputnik’s orbit deteriorated, as expected, and
the spacecraft burned up in the atmosphere.

    
    
   

  

How Sputnik 1 launched the space age - Cosmos Magazine

Chronicle Covers: When Soviets' Sputnik started the space race -  SFChronicle.com

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