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Hubble Telescope's 26th Anniversary
Today in 1990, the space shuttle Discovery launched the Hubble Space Telescope into orbit around our planet. It's hard to fathom the impact of the images it has sent us since then, not only to astronomers and scientists, but to the public.
The folks who run the Hubble telescope playfully picked this expanding Bubble Nebula as their "birthday balloon image" - check out their press release, and more images, here.
There is a nice documentary with a lot of images and no celebrity narrators called Hubble's Enduring Legacy, free to stream for Amazon Prime members (ObLink to free 30 day trial here).
The last time the Hubble Telescope was serviced was in 2009. It is estimated that it can continue functioning up to 2030 or 2040. A replacement telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope, is scheduled to launch in October 2018.
Have a great Sunday!