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Hubble's Quarter Century

Our In-Depth Report commemorates the Hubble Space Telescope's unprecedented 25 years in orbit

Hubble's Repairman Reflects on the Telescope's Legacy

Hubble's Repairman Reflects on the Telescope's Legacy

Twenty-five years ago, on April 24, 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope soared into orbit. Since then, its great discoveries have been legion, and the story of how it became the most successful and productive astronomical observatory in human history is destined to become legendary.

April 24, 2015 — Lee Billings
Hubble's archive shows hidden exoplanet discovered 10 years later

Hubble's archive shows hidden exoplanet discovered 10 years later

Two teams of astronomers made headlines in November after announcing they had photographed planets orbiting regular stars other than our own sun. (Such bodies are known as extrasolar planets, or exoplanets.) One of those planets, Fomalhaut b, the companion to a star called Fomalhaut some 25 light-years away, was spotted by the Hubble Space Telescope; a star known as HR 8799, nearly 130 light-years distant, was found by ground-based observations to harbor a system of at least three planets.

April 3, 2009 — John Matson
Hubble's Quarter Century

Our In-Depth Report commemorates the Hubble Space Telescope's unprecedented 25 years in orbit

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