Hubble Space Telescope Turns 25, With Discoveries and Drama Galore

April 22, 2015 1:44 PM

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At the ripe old age of 25, the Hubble Space Telescope is arguably the best-known science instrument in the world — but that's only partly due to the scientific wonders it has revealed.

To appreciate the full significance of the $2 billion orbiting observatory's place in science and culture, you have to factor in the human drama behind Hubble's ups and downs, said Mario Livio, an astrophysicist at the Baltimore-based Space Telescope Science Institute.

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