Experience with the Hubble Space Telescope: 20 years of an archetype

  title={Experience with the Hubble Space Telescope: 20 years of an archetype},
  author={Matthew D. Lallo},
  journal={Optical Engineering},
  • M. Lallo
  • Published 29 February 2012
  • Physics
  • Optical Engineering
The Hubble Space Telescope's mission is summarized, with special emphasis placed on the Space Telescope Science Institute's unique experience with Hubble's behavior as an astronomical telescope in the environment of low earth orbit for over two decades. Historical context and background are given, and the project's early scientific expectations are described. A general overview of the spacecraft is followed by a more detailed look at the optical design, both as intended and as built. Basic… 
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