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Images of celestial marvels taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, launched into low Earth orbit in 1990, to an altitude of 595km / 370mi - only about 6.5% of the distance to the moon.

Hubble's orbit outside the distortion of Earth's atmosphere allows it to take extremely high-resolution images, with substantially lower background light than ground-based telescopes. Hubble has recorded some of the most detailed visible light images ever, allowing a deep view into space and time. Many Hubble observations have led to breakthroughs in astrophysics, such as accurately determining the rate of expansion of the universe.

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Aw, thanks, and you too.

We had a snowfall on Feb 28 but March 1 was (well, if you are Canadian) T shirt weather at 0°C.

I'm not heading to Chile but if I ever do! I would space geek the heck out of that.

The Universe is amazing, not least for having friends like that!


Wow, a good 'in' for you - hope you get to look around - would be so interesting, thanks Mazy and hope you're well (✿´‿`)


My oldest friend's husband is working with it. So I get to bug them for big telescope geek space questions!


What is your connection to the VLA in Chile, Mazy ? (✿´‿`)


cheers, guys :) It's nice to know the stuff I share pleases others. I like to share my geeky stuff, so much the better if I have an actual story behind it.

Ask me about my connection to the VLA in Chile (biggest telescope EVER)

I should !!!! that.


This would make a great wall hanging - thanks for the composite, Macy - its outta this world ! (✿´‿`)


Wonderful images, I'm for seeing the Great Wall photos when you have a chance, suspended belief... why not. It's one way to get through the next few years. Great photos and info, as usual. Thanks.


wellll - sorta. Depends on the day's smog (Beijing is a killer for smog - it was a revelation MONTHS after being there to see mountains from the hotel elevator).

Also I tried - and was on the right seat of the cockpit - but could never really see it, during the climb out. Also I was a little busy with after take-off checks and the like...

I had some really nice memorable hikes on the Wall, once with crew and other times with an expat hiking club. It's a trippy thing (especially the unprepared parts where it is, indeed, literally trippy).

It's so funny when you are doing something, it seems pretty normal, then to talk about hiking along the ancient, unimproved parts of the wall - or being surrounded by native Chinese Wall tourist / visitors, when your crew's too lazy to climb the steep stairs in the heat, and have hundreds of rural Chinese visiting their cultural legacy, standing at the top and they all want a picture with the blue eyed blond foreigner. It sounds so exotic yet in the moment it's just soaking up life.

There were so many old ladies (where were the old men?) slowly making their way down the steep endless steps, I asked some young students, who wanted a picture with me, how to say "excuse me" in Mandarin.

One of the old ladies grabbed me, and hugged me, almost in tears, laughing at my pronunciation of (dunno how to write it in our letters - daiboutié is as close as I can come). Anyway it was obvious from her age she had lived through the - um - Cultural Revolution, and the Cold War, and here's me, maybe the only caucasian person she's ever been close to - a LOT of these people were rural farmers from the vast interior on their once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Wall - and the two of us said "excuse me" in Mandarin, over and over, in each others' arms, laughing at my lame pronunciation and me continuing to try to get it right.

When I got it close enough to the right pronunciation, in her opinion, she gave me a final krinkly-eyed hug, tears on our faces, and I took off racing down the steps to join my lazy crew.


Challenger was ''O'' rings, Columbia was tiles.

Of course you can't see the Great Wall of China from space. It's about 1500 miles long, but so narrow that it can't be seen from space. But it is easily visible from a plane.


Aw, Heidi, don't get a Canadian science / space / aviation nerd started.

I hope you've seen the beautiful movie about the Avro Arrow with Canadian son Dan Ackroyd? Wikipedia the plane but it's a travesty in international money and power stories. We had something good there, and a lot of the engineers on that Canadian project went on to be key NASA people.

There's no doubt there's a way to better engineer something more capable than the Shuttles (I mean Carbon fibre tech has gone so so far, biofeedback of components, Imma stop now) but no one sees the financial gain.

It's probably possible to spray on a coat of some gunk, then polish it nice, and do away with the tiles.

Or maybe it was an aerodynamic issue on re-entry? So Soyuz / Apollo it for reentry (designed to go up with payload and splashdown safely. Or was it the Challenger with the ingestion of tiles on T/O that deep sixed the program? Either way, if I have a problem I McGyver it til I can completely fix it.

NASA is more than capable of my level of engineering... it's money, popular opinion, the need to use money to make a wall that can be seen from space (you can't , in truth, see the Great Wall of China from space. I have pics of hiking on overgrown stretches of it, though, if anyone is interested).

Mazy Rant out.


It would be nice if scientists could produce a better space shuttle, one without all the bad design flaws of the old ones. There has GOT to be something better than those fragile tiles which kept breaking off, for instance. Too bad Richard Feinman is no longer alive (he's the person who figured out the defect with the ''O'' rings using common sense).


I love the Hubble. I did a report on it for a class I took, and have tried to keep up with it ever since. It has given us some beautiful pictures. Thanks. :)

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