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Take A Peek Into Outer Space With Museum's New Exhibit

Posted June 6, 2001 2:05 a.m. EDT

— The Hubble Space Telescope has been sending images of the universe back to earth for 11 years. A new display at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences gives young and old an interesting look at what is out there.

The Hubble Space Telescope is an engineering wonder, even though it has had to be repaired three times. An eight-foot model of the telescope is on display now at the Museum of Natural Sciences.

The real Hubble Telescope, which is as big as a bus, features tons of images of stars and galaxies millions of light years away. It is also helping astronomers answer important questions about the universe.

"Every single day, Hubble is out there in space taking images, sending them back to Earth and scientists are spending hours, days and weeks just deciphering what Hubble is sending back to us," says Albert Ervin, Project Exhibit Manager. "It's a really exciting time for astronomers."

The Hubble display runs through September 3. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children 4 to 11 years of age and for seniors 60 and older.