On April 24, 1990, the space shuttle Discovery rocketed into orbit carrying a precious payload, the Hubble Space Telescope. Soon after launch, the discovery of a flawed mirror became one of the biggest disappointments in NASA history. In 1993, a daring shuttle mission installed “eyeglasses” to correct its blurry vision—and Hubble finally lived up to its full potential. Through 2009, four more shuttle crews visited Hubble to add new instruments and to repair and renovate the spacecraft, making it arguably the most significant telescope in the history of astronomy. Hubble’s observations—from nearby bodies in our solar system to the most distant galaxies—have revolutionized our understanding of the known universe. Join our distinguished panel of scientists and engineers as they celebrate Hubble’s 25th anniversary and discuss some of the most significant discoveries made by the “crown jewel” of astronomy!
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Bill Condie is a science journalist based in Adelaide, Australia.
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