A New Telescope 42,164 km From Earth Will Replace The Hubble In 2013
By Dialogo February 15, 2010A new ultraviolet telescope that will be put into orbit 42,164 kilometers from Earth and that will make it possible to make astronomical observations without interference from the atmosphere will be the successor to the Hubble beginning in 2013, its launch date. The Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) announced the World Space Observatory-Ultraviolet (WSO-UV) project, led by the Russian space agency Roscosmos with the participation of Spain, Germany, Ukraine, and China. The WSO-UV mission will fill the gap left by the Hubble space telescope at the end of its mission and will become the planet’s only astronomical observatory for ultraviolet imaging and spectroscopy in the 2013-2023 period, the UCM reported in a statement. The Hubble, launched in 1990, was the first telescope in space and is considered one of astronomy’s most valuable instruments. It has captured images of phenomena never before observed, such as stars surrounded by cosmic dust and the collision of galaxies, and has found evidence that the majority of the constellations have black holes at their centers, as well as determining the age of the universe.