US space agency NASA is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the space tour of its advanced Hubble Space Telescope.
Hubble is best known for capturing numerous rare images of celestial bodies and the space. The highly powerful telescope has immensely contributed in the space study by offering close examinations of the deep space and celestial bodies, including our planet Earth.
Among its various important contributions include the first observations of the dwarf planet Pluto’s surface and the characterization of the moons of Haumea.
John Grunsfeld, NASA Science Mission Directorate astronaut and associate administrator, said, “Hubble has completely transformed our view of the universe, revealing the true beauty and richness of the cosmos. This vista of starry fireworks and glowing gas is a fitting image for our celebration of 25 years of amazing Hubble science.”
NASA’s revolutionary telescope has successfully survived decades of glitches, delays and blunders for fulfilling the predictions that it would rewrite the science.
Ken Sembach, head of the Hubble mission at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, said, “The combination of these two observatories will be very powerful scientifically. They’ll be able to follow up on each other’s discoveries.”
Hubble was launched in April 24, 1990. The mission was originally planned for 1983 launch but it was delayed first due to the hiccups in its assembly and further because of the explosion of space shuttle Challenger in 1986.
The telescope has undergone five servicing missions, beginning with the crucial repair in 1993 and concluding with a complete makeover in 2009. Two key new instruments were added, while two others were fixed in the procedure.
The space scientists are aiming at keeping Hubble in operation for at least another five years.