Hubble Celebrates 25 Years

(NBC News) Stunning sights exposed to the human eye for the first time were all possible thanks to the Hubble Space Telescope, launched by NASA on April 24th, 1990.

Only three weeks into its operation, blurry imagery signaled problems aboard the Hubble telescope.

Following three years of repairs and a new camera system, dividends were paid in the form of crisp, spectacular depiction of outer space, from as close as Jupiter – a mere 365-million miles from Earth – to stars 300-million light years away.

Because of the Hubble telescope, everyone from NASA scientists to backyard stargazers have been able to see astronomical wonders resembling scenes from a science fiction film.

“The telescope has exceeded all of our expectations, scientifically, the way it has impacted the culture, the way the people have adopted it as its own telescope,” says Dr. Kenneth G. Carpenter, Project Scientist for Hubble Operations.

The Hubble telescope continues to circle the Earth at an incredible rate of once every 97 minutes. So far in its 25 years of service, it’s provided over 1-million observations to NASA scientists.


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