NASA Celebrates Hubble Telescope’s 30th Anniversary With New Image
Apr 24, 2020, 4:12 PM | Updated: 4:20 pm
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GREENBELT, Md. – NASA officials released a never-before-seen image nicknamed the “Cosmic Reef” to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope.
The Hubble was carried into space by the space shuttle Discovery on April 24, 1990. Officials said the telescope “has been transformative for our civilization.”
“Hubble has given us stunning insights about the universe, from nearby planets to the farthest galaxies we have seen so far,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for science at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. “It was revolutionary to launch such a large telescope 30 years ago, and this astronomy powerhouse is still delivering revolutionary science today. Its spectacular images have captured the imagination for decades, and will continue to inspire humanity for years to come.”
Officials said the Hubble has sent 1.4 million observations back to earth and over 17,000 peer-reviewed scientific publications have come from that data.
“Hubble’s top accomplishments include measuring the expansion and acceleration rate of the universe; finding that black holes are common among galaxies; characterizing the atmospheres of planets around other stars; monitoring weather changes on planets across our solar system; and looking back in time across 97% of the universe to chronicle the birth and evolution of stars and galaxies.”
Officials expect the Hubble to remain operational through the 2020s, thanks in part to five servicing missions from 1993 to 2009.