Today’s Video of the Day from NASA Goddard celebrates 30 years of the Hubble Space Telescope – the first major optical telescope to be placed in orbit.
Hubble was launched and deployed in April of 1990 as the most significant advance in astronomy since Galileo’s telescope.
With its unobstructed view of the universe, the observatory has beamed hundreds of thousands of images back to Earth.
Hubble images are helping scientists solve many intriguing mysteries, such as the age of the universe and the locations of supermassive black holes.
The Hubble telescope was designed so that it could be repaired and upgraded by astronauts in space. This has made it one of NASA’s longest-living and most valuable space-based observatories.
Video Credit: NASA Goddard
By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer