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The Hubble Space Telescope: 28 Years of Scientific Contributions

The Hubble Telescope

One of the key pieces of technology that has enabled space exploration is the Hubble Space Telescope. Astronomy contributor Jean Creighton, who also leads UW-Milwaukee's Manfred Olson Planetarium, celebrates the telescope's four most important contributions in her current program: Hubble's Cosmic Quest.

"I think most people don't realize that there are dozens of space telescopes in space, and furthermore, the first one went up in 1965," says Creighton. "So these have been there, it's just that I think the Hubble made a real point, a real effort to connect to everybody."

For our astronomy segment this month, Creighton talks about one of the four major ways the Hubble Space Telescope has helped advance our understanding of the universe - how we now better understand the past, present, and future of the universe and how it expands:

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Bonnie North
Bonnie joined WUWM in March 2006 as the Arts Producer of the locally produced weekday magazine program Lake Effect.
Dr. Jean Creighton has always been inspired by how the cosmos works. She was born in Toronto, Ontario and grew up in Athens, Greece where her mother claims she showed a great interest in how stars form from the age of five. She studied physics at the University of Athens and went on to earn a Master’s degree from Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and a PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Waterloo. She began teaching astronomy at UW-Milwaukee in 1999 and in 2007, she took over as director of UWM's Manfred Olson Planetarium.