Overview: Hubble Space Telescope

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Lithograph: Hubble Space Telescope (PDF)
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This image of the Hubble Space Telescope was taken just after the Earth-orbiting observatory was released from space shuttle Atlantis near the end of Servicing Mission 4 in 2009. From its position about 350 miles above Earth’s surface, the refurbished Hubble Space Telescope is well equipped to resume scientific observations. The litho text describes how the telescope works. A diagram identifies the telescope's science instruments and other important parts. Included is an inquiry-based classroom activity.
Format(s) available: PDF
Grades: 6-9, but the material can be adapted for use in other grades at the teacher's discretion
How to use it in the classroom

Teachers can use Lithograph: Hubble Space Telescope as:

An engagement tool in an inquiry-based lesson. Show students the image side of the lithograph. Ask them to write down three to five questions they have about the image. When the students are finished, their questions can be used in a variety of ways:

• Ask students to find the answers to their questions by reading the back of the lithograph and/or the related materials listed below.

• Have students exchange papers so that each student has someone else's questions. Then have them find the answers to the other students' questions by reading the back of the lithograph and/or the related materials listed below.

• Ask for volunteers to read the questions as someone records them on the blackboard or on an overhead transparency sheet. Ask students to raise their hands if they have the same question or something similar. Count the number of raised hands and record the total next to the question. Once all the students’ questions have been added to the list, ask them to search for the answers to their questions in the text on the back of the lithograph. When they have completed that task, ask them to decide if each of their questions was answered completely, answered partially, or not answered at all. Go through the original list and place an "A" in front of those questions that were answered completely, a "P" for those that were partially answered, and an "N" for those that were not answered at all. Determine if the most commonly asked questions were also answered completely. Encourage students to do further research to find answers to the unanswered questions.

A content reading tool. Have students read the back of the lithograph and then write a quiz for the class.

An initial source of information. Use the lithograph with the inquiry-based classroom activity, "In Search of … Hubble’s Science Instruments," which is included with the PDF lithograph.

Related materials

Hubble’s Servicing Mission 4 pages on Amazing Space

HubbleSite: Special Feature — The Telescope

HubbleSite: Nuts and Bolts — Hubble Turned Inside Out

See the Hubble Space Telescope section on "Teaching tools" page.

Overview: Hubble Space Telescope