|Will the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) end up in a museum?
Probably not, as when it finally goes bust,
current plans call for it to be de-orbited into an ocean.
But this won't stop likenesses of the
famous floating observatory from
appearing in science museums around the globe, sometimes paired with
it has taken.
Pictured above, in a celebration of the
of the launching of Hubble, a replica of the telescope was given a picturesque setting in the Italian
Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti
in their beautiful and historic
The scene there appears perhaps a bit
surreal as the
deep space imager appears over a terrestrial tile floor, surrounded by the busts of famous thinkers, and under
arches reminiscent of
If you're lucky, it may even be possible to find an
Hubble images near you.
And if no HST model appears there, you could always
build your own.