deployment from shuttle

Happy 25th Birthday to the Hubble Space Telescope!

April 24th, 1990 was when the Hubble Space Telescope was launched into orbit and (after some corrective surgery) started showing us the fucking beauty of the universe in wonderful detail.

Hubble’s deployment from the shuttle Discovery in 1990 (x)

Here’s to another 5 to 15 years depending on how long NASA and others maintain the telescope after the James Webb Observatory is launched and thanks for the pictures including:

Pillars of Creation, Eagle Nebula

Aurora on Saturn

Impact scars on Jupiter from Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 (July 1994)

Formalhaut with Fomalhaut b, the first planet discovered by indirect imaging (visible light)

The Helix Nebula