Hubble, the world’s first space telescope, ignited a curiosity for the
cosmos in us all when it was launched into space aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery on April 24, 1990. The iconic
space telescope revealed groundbreaking scientific discoveries and has inspired
the public for three decades.
“Hubble’s images have entered the popular conversation in a way that I
can’t remember any other instrument doing,” said Kathy Sullivan, the first
female American spacewalker, said of the iconic telescope.
Here are some
ways to celebrate #Hubble30:
1. Find Out What
Picture Hubble Captured on Your Birthday
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center created a website that will
display what the Hubble telescope saw on your birthday, including facts about
the picture. You can even change your desktop or phone background to your
2. Share Your
Favorite Galactic Picture on Social Media Using: #Hubble30
Check out Hubble Images here.
3. Listen to
Stories About the Hubble Telescope
Check out the new mini-series, “Hubble, Our Window to the Stars.” Listen now.
4. See Who’s
Wishing Hubble a Happy Birthday. (You May See a Few Familiar Faces.)
Click to see the
feature on Twitter.
5. And Finally, Learn
About Its Successor, the James Webb Space Telescope.
How does Hubble differ from the James Webb Space Telescope? How do
they complement each other? Learn more about the next great space telescope here.
NASA’s James Webb
Space Telescope sits in front of the door to Chamber A, a giant thermal vacuum
chamber located at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. The telescope spent months undergoing
tests at sub-freezing cryogenic temperatures. Image Credit: NASA/Desiree Stover