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Hubble Telescope Celebrates 20th Anniversary


Hubble telescope

If you open the Google search engine today, you will notice that Google has creatively replaced their usual logo with a background of the universe and the Hubble Space Telescope for the Google "oo's." They have done this because today celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Hubble telescope launch by NASA

Hubble telescope

In 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope made its first orbit around the Earth and revealed image after image of incredible parts of our universe we've never seen before. Now on its 20th anniversary, the Hubble telescope has been renewed and equipped by a recent servicing mission and will continue to send us amazing Hubble images for years to come. 

As the Hubble telescope continues to change the face of astronomy, the Space Telescope Science Insitute (STScI)  states, "More than 30,000 objects have come under the telescope's gaze, each observation slotting another piece into the cosmic puzzle of the universe."

Named after Edwin P. Hubble, the telescope orbits Earth every 96 minutes, 360 miles above the surface of our planet, at a speed of five miles per second. Mr. Hubble's discovery that, "countless galaxies exist beyond our own Milky Way galaxy revolutionized our understanding of the universe and our place within it," according to NASA. 

Today we can celebrate the Hubble Telescope, by viewing the many Hubble images online or at museum exhibitions. There is also a Hubble Imax movie and you can stay in touch with the Hubble via Twitter @HubbleTelescope or @HubbleDaily for up to the minute updates.