Overview: Hubble Is Back in Business

Overview
of Star Witness news story:
Hubble Is Back in Business
Description:
Star Witness news story: Hubble Is Back in Business highlights the Early Release Observations (EROs) that were taken following Hubble's successful Servicing Mission 4 in May 2009. The article includes images and captions for four of the ERO images released on Sept. 9, 2009.
Format(s) available: Printer-friendly web page; also, downloadable PDF including story and images
Grades: 5-8, but the material can be adapted for use in other grades at the teacher’s discretion
How to use it in the classroom

Teachers can use Star Witness news story: Hubble Is Back in Business as:

A content reading selection. Teachers should discuss the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary prior to having students read this selection.

An engagement activity. Have students read the selection. Ask them to explain what they know about the Hubble Space Telescope.

An inquiry tool. Propose a question, such as "Why do you think the Hubble Space Telescope was designed to be serviced in space?" Have students read the selection and write down questions they want answered as a result of the reading.

A source of information for class discussion. Have students read the selection. Conduct a class discussion using the questions associated with the reading.

Related materials

See the following "Fast Facts" for the featured ERO images: Butterfly Nebula, the Omega Centauri globular cluster, the pillar in the Carina Nebula , and Stephan's Quintet.

Telescopes From the Ground Up: Explore the history of telescopes, from Galileo to NASA's Great Observatories.



Overview: Hubble Is Back in Business