This blog post is one in a series marking the 30th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope. For more information and resources regarding Hubble’s 30th anniversary, please visit hubblesite. This particular post by Ray Villard also relates to a series of articles available here.
Since its launch in April 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope has animated and enthralled the world with awe-inspiring, enticing, and colorfully dramatic views of the universe. The power of these images cannot be underestimated. More than just “pretty pictures,” they ignite the public’s natural curiosity to comprehend the vast cosmos. Hubble’s jaw-dropping views have made it the world’s most celebrated telescope, and provided a visual shorthand for its achievements.
Hubble’s discoveries and images have been nothing less than transformative for the public’s perception of space. Unlike any other telescope before it, Hubble has made astronomy very relevant, engaging, and accessible for people of all ages. Hubble has become “the people’s telescope,” touching the minds as well as the emotions of hundreds of millions of people around the globe.
Hubble’s view of the Carina Nebula shows star birth in a new level of detail. The fantasy-like landscape of the nebula is sculpted by ...