Hubble Telescope turning 25 this week

April 21, 2015 3:39 PM

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The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) turns 25 this week. Mononyms are usually the stuff of entertainers: Beyoncé, Madonna, Cher, Fishel, but Hubble has risen to that level in its first quarter century.

Launched April 24, 1990 at 8:33:51 a.m. aboard STS-31 from the Kennedy Space Center, Hubble was released into orbit the following day, at 19:38 UTC. But it started a long time before that.

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