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Hubble Space Telescope
Picture of HubbleSpace Telescope after final servicing mission in 2009.


The Hubble Space Telescope orbits 350 miles above Earth. NASA launched the telescope aboard the space shuttle Discovery on April 24, 1990. The bus-sized telescope is 43.5 feet (13.3 meters) long and weighs more than 12 tons (11,000 kilograms).