GREENBELT, Maryland -- The Hubble Space Telescope turns 25 this year. NASA’s groundbreaking telescope captured many astonishing images and is responsible for many scientific discoveries.
Hubble took nearly five decades from conception to launch. Hubble was assembled inside the Goddard Space Flight Institute’s “Clean Room,” the only place on the planet with a room big enough to fit its massive size.
Many scientific discoveries have been made by Hubble, like images of a blackhole, which proved they were real, not science-fiction. Before the telescope was launched, we didn't know the age of the universe. We do now, its 13.7 billion years old.
Hubble provided scientist with proof that the universe is expanding and that expansion is growing faster every day.
Hubble's images will live on to be studied forever but the telescope will not. There are no more missions to service it. In 2024 it will burn as it falls back to earth and the atmosphere will finally reclaim it.
With the cancellation of the Space Program, Hubble's days are numbered. But there's another project in the works. A new, bigger and more powerful telescope is being built right now – more on that tomorrow.