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Hubble Celebrates 25 Years Since First Repair Mission in Space

2 Dec 2018, 16:00 UTC
Hubble Celebrates 25 Years Since First Repair Mission in Space NASA

On May 20, 1990, you could hear a pin drop as a room full of scientists waited breathlessly for the initial images from the first major optical telescope in space. As a few bright points of light set against the black canvas of deep space materialized, instead of awe, the room filled with dread. Although better than any ground-based telescope could manage, the image was far less clear than anyone had anticipated.

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