Most of what most us know about the Hubble are the spectacular images of galaxies far, far away. But there’s a lot more to the Hubble than meets the eye. The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) was named for the famed American astronomer Edwin Hubble, who was first to discover that the universe is expanding. HST has accurately determined the rate of the expansion of the universe. HST has advanced work on black holes. HST documented the collision of the Shoemaker-Levy 9 comet with Jupiter. The scientific list goes on and on and on.
The HST hasn’t cured cancer or created peace in the Middle East. The HST won’t provide advances in health care or fix the economy. But aside from all the remarkable scientific discoveries, direct and indirect from the HST program, perhaps one of the biggest benefits is the ability to inspire future generations to get involved in science and engineering.