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Happy Anniversary, HUBBLE!

21 Apr 2020, 17:55 UTC
Happy Anniversary, HUBBLE!
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Hubble Space Telescope on its way to orbit aboard space shuttle Discovery. Courtesy NASA.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 30 years since the Hubble Space Telescope was launched into orbit on April 24, 1990. On the whole, they’ve been very good and productive years, despite the mission’s rocky beginning. Without it, our knowledge of the universe would be less advanced than it is today.

Following Hubble from the Beginning

HST has played a big role in my life, and I’ve followed it avidly through the decades. For several years, I was a student at the University of Colorado, working toward a graduate degree. During part of that time, I was also a member of the HST/Goddard High Resolution Spectrograph team led by friend and co-author John C. Brandt. I joined the group about a month before launch, although I’d been working for him for a couple of years on comet images for a big atlas we were producing. Working with HST data and proposals (as I hoped to do) was a big incentive to join his team. (I go into more detail about that job and my first impressions of HST in this entry from 2015. And, you ...

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