How Much Did the Hubble Telescope Cost to Build?

How Much Did the Hubble Telescope Cost to Build?

How Much Did the Hubble Telescope Cost to Build?

At the time of its launch in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope had cost $1.5 billion to develop and construct. Additional costs were incurred to service the Hubble, the first space-based telescope, once it was placed in low Earth orbit.

Named for American astronomer Edwin P. Hubble, the Hubble telescope suffered from a major flaw with its mirror that was not discovered until after its launch. The first of five service missions to the Hubble took place in 1993, during which astronauts installed a new camera and corrected the flawed mirror. The James Webb Telescope is scheduled to replace the aging Hubble in 2018.