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Hubble Observations: From the Ground to Your Computer

11 Apr 2014, 18:27 UTC
Hubble Observations: From the Ground to Your Computer
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This post is the second in a two-part series. In my last post, “Hubble Observations: From the Sky to the Ground,” I wrote about the route Hubble images take as they are digitally transferred from space to the ground. This is the story of what happens after that data makes the 30-mile trip over land-lines […]

This post is the second in a two-part series.
In my last post, “Hubble Observations: From the Sky to the Ground,” I wrote about the route Hubble images take as they are digitally transferred from space to the ground.
This is the story of what happens after that data makes the 30-mile trip over land-lines from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., to the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Md., and ultimately to your computer as iconic Hubble pictures.
Hubble generates approximately 855 gigabytes of new science data each month. That’s the equivalent of an 8,550-yard-long shelf of books. Astronomers, in turn, typically download six terabytes of data monthly from this growing archive. That would be the equivalent of the printed paper from 300,000 trees. By the beginning of April 2014, Hubble data had been used to publish more than 12,000 ...

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