Oh my goodness, the Hubble telescope has turned 30 years!
More specifically, it’s been operating, up there in Earth orbit, for 30 years. It was projected to be in service only about 10 years when it launched on April 24, 1990, from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Impressive.
Read more at the NASA website:
- “30 Years Ago: Hubble Launched to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe”
- “Celebrating Hubble Space Telescope’s 30 Years in Service”
- “Hubble Marks 30 Years in Space With Tapestry of Blazing Starbirth”
Happy belated birthday, Hubble! Thank you for all of the space pics you’ve sent down.
Found via File 770.
Image: Large Magellanic Cloud, a vast star-forming region composed of the giant red nebula (NGC 2014) and its smaller blue neighbor (NGC 2020), by NASA / ESA / STScl via NASA