The Hubble Space Telescope is one of the largest space telescopes ever launched by NASA. It’s remained in operation since 1990 and is maintained in space by astronauts. The Hubble Telescope Replica in Marshfield, Missouri isn’t quite as big, at 1/4 the size of the real thing, but it is much more accessible attraction for more of mankind.
Edwin Powell Hubble (1889-1953) was an accomplished American astronomer. He discovered the expansion of the universe, showing that other galaxies besides the Milky Way exist and that they span all the way to the limits of the universe. His scientific work eventually led to the posthumous launch of the Hubble Space Telescope in 1990.
Hubble was born in Marshfield, Missouri and is the town’s most famous former resident. To honor his legacy this 1,200 pound, scale model of the Hubble Space Telescope was erected in front of the local courthouse and dedicated in his memory on July 4, 1994.
Location: Webster County Courthouse, 140 S. Clay St., Marshfield, MO Hours: Always Visible Cost: Free to See
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Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination with roadside attractions started early. Today, Val has visited over 300 roadside attractions across 31 states and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!
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