Since 1990, this telescope has been providing us with spectacular images of space. The Hubble telescope is the only telescope that was designed to be service in space by astronauts. It is named after Edwin Hubble, the astronomer who originally discovered the universe is expanding. The Hubble makes an orbit around the Earth every 96 or 97 minutes, at this speed you could travel across the United States in about 10 minutes.
The Hubble is about the size of a large tractor-trailer truck. The telescope orbits 366 miles or 589 kilometers above the Earth outside of its atmosphere. The Hubble’s position makes it possible for the telescope to provide views of the universe that greatly outdo anything possible from ground-based telescopes. A space telescope is also able to observe ultraviolet and infrared light which are strongly absorbed by the atmosphere.