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(Submitted March 30, 1997)

Do the astronauts have a hard time taking care of the Hubble telescope? Do the astronauts have to change the cameras on the Hubble telescope when the film runs out?

The Answer

The Hubble Space Telescope is run remotely from the ground (In fact, it is run from right here at NASA/Goddard !). It is not run by astronauts, and it does not need to be taken care of by astronauts. The astronauts on the recent space shuttle mission simply replaced some of the instruments. None of the instruments use film. The data is collected electronically and then sent down by satellites to receiving stations on earth.

Jim Lochner
for Imagine the Universe!

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