Nobel Prize, Hubbell, Time Machine discussed on 60 Minutes


Total number of stars were sun's out there is two followed by 23 zeros that's call two hundred six two yen to get some sense of how many stars that is we went to adam reese who won the nobel prize for his work on hubbell this is more stars and the visible universe than grains of sand on the beach anders on all the beaches on earth and hubble has shown us this it has in many cases it has allowed us to see what some of the most distant galaxies look like it how many stars were in them and we've been able to add it all up hubble has been called a time machine said it looks back in time what has been the most astounding part of that for you i study explosions of stars called super novi it's like fireworks it's only visible for a short period of time in this case a few weeks and that light has been travelling to us for 10 billion years it began its journey when the earth wasn't even here in over those ten billion years our planet formed life developed we built the hubble space telescope we open the app richard door and in the last one billionth of one percent of that journey that the light made we open the door just in time to catching hoping almost didn't catch anything the first pictures it sent back were blurry because of a microscopic flaw in the mirror the space agency launched a daring mission to fix you are astronauts have made five trips to huddle to repair and upgrade its equipment turned you could oak worker john grunsfeld known as the hubble repairman flew three of those missions to tell a scoop the size of a school bus orbiting three eight hundred miles above earth just about anything that we can easily change and upgrade and fix has been fixed the workings of the telescope all that has been transformed yep it is like a new telescope on your last mission come out of the air lock and you've got this big smile on your face i thought you know i can't imagine anywhere we have i'd rather be in our at van outside the space shuttle in my spacesuit next to the hubble space telescope i was just so happy hubble has changed what we know about the.

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