In April 1990, the Hubble Observatory was deployed into Space, making the most significant advancement in astronomy since Galileo invented the telescope in 1610. Named in the honor of renown astronomer Edwin Hubble, the Hubble Observatory is the first optical telescope to reside outside of Earth’s atmosphere. Hubble has an unobstructed view of the universe, clear of all the clouds and light pollution along with all the other particles that distort our atmosphere. Hubble has been used to observe the planets in our own solar system along with some of the most distant stars and galaxies. With over 25 years of operation, the Hubble telescope has made more than 1.3 million observations, the data of which has been published in more than 15,000 scientific papers. It ways 27,000 pounds and is 13.3 metes long, making it the length of a school bus. A truly remarkable feat of science and engineering, the Hubble telescope has changed everything we know about the universe, and has allowed mankind to learn that much more about the cosmos.
The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is scheduled to replace the Hubble in 2019. Equipped and optimized for infrared wavelengths, JWST will compliment and extend the discoveries of the Hubble.