US space agency NASA is leaving no stone unturned to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its advanced and much reliable Hubble Space Telescope which was launched on April 24, 1990.
As the 25th anniversary is approaching, the American space agency is inviting the people from nationwide and across the globe to join the mega celebrations.
Making an announcement in this regard on its website, the US space agency said, “On April 23 from 9 to 9:45 am EDT, NASA will unveil the official Hubble 25th anniversary image at the Newseum in Washington. NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden, Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate John Grunsfeld, and Hubble Senior Project Scientist Jennifer Wiseman, will speak about Hubble’s achievements.”
NASA will organize ‘Hubble 3D’, an IMAX movie narrating the complete story of the best-known space telescope of the world, at theaters across the US.
The National Air and Space Museum, which is managed by the Smithsonian Institution, will feature the Hubble observatory in a number of display events organized through the April-end.
An educational program, under the name ‘Hubble: A Blast from the Past!’, will be organized for the children by the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex. Children aged 5 to 7 year-old will get an incredible opportunity to learn about astronomy and experience the celestial objects in the planetarium. Young participants aged 8 to 13 can also avail the opportunity to design a habitat suitable for Mars, the ‘Red Planet’, with the help of advanced computers. Moreover, the participating children can also learn how to classify celestial bodies in the deep sky, including black holes and galaxies.
An exhibition, named “Heaven’s Carousel”, will be organized at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, between April 23 and May 2, where some of the most stunning and important photographs captured by the Hubble Telescope will be put on display. The European Space Station, a partner of NASA on the Hubble program, will sponsor the show.
A Hubble-themed Family Day Event will also be organized on April 25 at the Smithsonian’s NASM Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. The children will get a rare opportunity to interact with the astronauts and enrich their space information.
Washington Dulles International airport and Reagan National airport will be featuring images captured by Hubble Telescope in their baggage claim areas.
The United States will not be the lone country to celebrate the 25 successful years of Hubble Telescope. The celebratory events will also be organized in several other countries, including the one in Portugal. Instrument Team Lead Christina M. Oliveira will address an event on April 8, during which he will shed light on the history of the Hubble program in Lisbon.
The advanced Hubble Space Telescope, worth USD 2.5 billion, orbits 347 miles above the surface of the Earth.