Space telescopes and servicing Hubble

Secondary KLA:
Educational levels:
Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10


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This radio interview gives examples of how improvements in technology have influenced astronomy. The Space Shuttle Atlantis is paying a service call to the Hubble Space Telescope, repairing, replacing and deploying new equipment. Jonathan Nally describes the mission and looks at other large telescopes in orbit now, and others due for launch in the future. Download the audio or view the transcript of this ABC radio interview.

NSW syllabus outcomes

(SC4-8WS) selects and uses appropriate strategies, understanding and skills to produce creative and plausible solutions to identified problems

(SC5-8WS) applies scientific understanding and critical thinking skills to suggest possible solutions to identified problems

(SC5-12ES) describes changing ideas about the structure of the Earth and the universe to illustrate how models, theories and laws are refined over time by the scientific community

Australian curriculum content descriptions

(ACSSU118) Earth’s gravity pulls objects towards the centre of the Earth

(ACSHE223) Science knowledge can develop through collaboration and connecting ideas across the disciplines of science


(ACSHE158) Advances in scientific understanding often rely on developments in technology and technological advances are often linked to scientific discoveries

(ACSSU188) The universe contains features including galaxies, stars and solar systems and the Big Bang theory can be used to explain the origin of the universe

(ACSSU229) The motion of objects can be described and predicted using the laws of physics

(ACSHE194) People can use scientific knowledge to evaluate whether they should accept claims, explanations or predictions

More information

Resource type:
ScOT topics:
Astronomical instruments
File type:
ABC - Science Show
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Date created:
Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Resource ID: c6b02c49-c2e8-4a0a-81b2-920d93cb833a