The Hubble Telescope
The Hubble Space Telescope is named after the astronomer Edwin Hubble. It is a large, space-based observatory, which was launched and deployed by the space shuttle Discovery in 1990 and continues to revolutionise astronomy.
“The telescope has tracked interstellar objects as they soared through our solar system, watched a comet collide with Jupiter, and discovered moons around Pluto. It has found dusty disks and stellar nurseries throughout the Milky Way that may one day become fully fledged planetary systems and studied the atmospheres of planets that orbit other stars. Hubble has peered back into our universe’s distant past, to locations more than 13.4 billion light-years from Earth, capturing galaxies merging, probing the supermassive black holes that lurk in their depths, and helping us better understand the history of the expanding universe” Nasa site
In its over 30 years of operation, Hubble’s capabilities have grown as new, cutting-edge scientific instruments have been added to the telescope over the course of five astronaut servicing missions where aging parts were replaced and upgraded extending the telescope’s lifetime. Hubble has made observations that have captured humanity’s imaginations and deepened our knowledge of the cosmos.