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Facts about the real Hubble

The Hubble was launched in 1991. It cost $1.5 billion to build and launch. It weighs 24,500 pounds, is 43.5 feet long and 14 feet wide. The Hubble orbits Earth once every 97 minutes, traveling at 17,500 mph. It orbits at an altitude of about 350 ...

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  • The Hubble was launched in 1991.
  • It cost $1.5 billion to build and launch.
  • It weighs 24,500 pounds, is 43.5 feet long and 14 feet wide.
  • The Hubble orbits Earth once every 97 minutes, traveling at 17,500 mph.
  • It orbits at an altitude of about 350 miles.
  • It is expected to operate for at least another five years.
  • It has made more than 110,000 trips around the planet, covering 2.8 billion miles.
  • Its 20 years of observations have produced more than 45 terabytes of data, enough to fill nearly 5,800 DVDs. SOURCE: NASA

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