Thirty years ago, on April 24, 1990, NASA launched its groundbreaking Hubble Space Telescope into low-flying orbit. A true pioneer, Hubble is the only telescope designed to be maintained by astronauts in space—and it’s spent the past three decades tirelessly roaming the universe, beaming down moment after moment of extraterrestrial grandeur.
Now NASA is celebrating the 30th birthday of one of its longest living and most beloved observatories with a slate of events on its website and social media, including an archive that lets you see what cosmic machinations were occurring on the day of your birth.
In its 30-year voyage, Hubble has journeyed more than four billion miles around Earth at a speed of 17,000 miles per hour, collecting data 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And as NASA notes, it’s captured “some fascinating cosmic wonder every day of the year,” from the neighborhood of planets in our solar system to the most distant stars and galaxies in deep space, more than 13 billion light-years from Earth.
To see the universe through Hubble’s eyes, check out NASA’s website here.
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