Hubble at 25

Since its launch on 24 April 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope has taken over a million observations. To celebrate its 25th anniversary we give a run down of our 25 favourite Hubble images.

Published: September 22, 2018 at 12:00 pm
Get your own Space Pen when you subscribe to BBC Sky at Night Magazine today!

The first few years of the telescope were extremely troubled.

Advertisement

After of years of delays following the Challenger disaster, Hubble eventually made it to orbit only to discovered that there was an error in the mirror, blurring all its images.

Luckily the telescope was always designed to be upgradable.

The first servicing mission in 1993 fixed the misshapen mirror and the telescope was upgraded a further four times.

Advertisement

The final mission to the telescope in 2009 fitted the telescope with new batteries and equipment that should keep the telescope running until 2020.

Authors

Ezzy Pearson is the News Editor of BBC Sky at Night Magazine. Her first book about the history of robotic planetary landers is out now from The History Press.

Sponsored content