Happy Birthday Hubble

Via the Professor. This week saw the 19th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope – soon to be surpassed by the James Webb Space Telescope. The Hubble website essentials, rightly, name-checks Galileo Galilei, but a special mention should also go to one of Those [Royal Society] Guys, Robert Hooke – “Tis not unlikely, but that there may be yet invented several other helps for the eye, as much exceeding those already found, as those do the bare eye..” Telescopes, eh? And, as Douglas Adams said, “Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind- bogglingly big it is..”