As NASA’s Curiosity rover continues to beam back unprecedented images of the Martian landscape, we are reminded of the countless celestial discoveries made by the space agency’s longest-running mission: the Hubble Telescope.
The Hubble has been whipping around Earth at a speed of five miles per second since its launch in 1990.
During its 22-year run, the school-bus-sized telescope has sent hundreds of thousands of images back to Earth that have given scientists a glimpse of the most distance stars and galaxies and helped to determine the age of the universe.
The telescope has changed our understanding of the universe forever.
Light from a stellar explosion three years earlier illuminates surrounding dust. This is called a light echo.
This is the most detailed image of the Crab Nebula, the remains of a giant star explosion recorded nearly 1,000 years ago by Chinese and Japanese astronomers.
The jet from a black hole at the centre of a galaxy strikes the edge of another galaxy in this composite image.
A large cluster of stars in a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way known as the Large Magellanic Cloud.
A view of the Carina Nebula that shows a region of star birth and death. This is one of the largest panoramic images ever taken with Hubble's cameras.
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