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- According to a newsletter sent out by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the purpose of the Hubble Space Telescope was, and is, to gather light from cosmic objects so scientists can better understand the universe around us. Up until the deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope, all telescopes were Earth based and had the disadvantage of having to peer at the stars through the Earth’s atmosphere. The Earth’s atmosphere provides a large amount of distortion when viewing very far objects, like space, through a telescope. tags: Astronomy Powerful Essays 1734 words | (5 pages) | Preview These results are sorted by most relevant first (ranked search). You may also sort these by color rating or essay length. Your search returned over 400 essays for "Astronomy" Search Term: