Capture the wonderIn the last 30 years, nothing has taken us deeper into space – or better shaped the way we see the universe – than the Hubble Space Telescope. Launched in 1990 from the Space Shuttle Discovery, it was named for Edwin Hubble, an American astronomer who discovered that there were countless galaxies beyond our own Milky Way. To date, the Hubble Space Telescope has made more than 1.4 million observations, giving the world stunning views of the most distant stars, planets and galaxies.
The Hubble orbits Earth at about 17,000 mph at an altitude that is currently 340 miles high.
Hubble’s photos are black and white with colour filters added to help reveal stunning details.
Recent images show over 5,000 galaxies, many as far as 13.2 billion light years away.
Meet Dr. Kathy SullivanThe first American woman to complete a spacewalk in 1984, former NASA Astronaut Kathy Sullivan joined the team on the Space Shuttle Discovery and went on to participate in the mission to deploy the Hubble Space Telescope in 1990. Today Dr. Sullivan works to help break down barriers here on earth and encourage kids, and especially girls, to consider careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.
Bring the universe home
Download instructions to build a miniature version of a Hubble image yourself.