Huntsville-made Hubble telescope marks 25th year in orbit

Huntsville-made Hubble telescope marks 25th year in orbit

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A space telescope made right here in Huntsville transformed the way we search the stars and tomorrow, the Hubble space telescope celebrates 25 years of sending back celestial pictures.

The Hubble telescope completely transformed our view of the universe over the past quarter century.

It's work that got started right here at Marshall Space Flight center.

Tomorrow, Marshall Space Flight center and the US Space and Rocket Center are joining together to celebrate the Hubble's achievements.

Hubble project manager Jim Odom will speak to Space Camp trainees in the morning. It will be part of a full day of activities celebrating the space telescope.

Hubble was launched into low Earth orbit in 1990 and it's still going strong. 

"It has been a huge success story, probably NASA's biggest success story over the years, at least outside of the manned space program," says Dr. Kenneth Carpenter, project scientist.

NASA says the Hubble should keep operating for another five years. 

The Hubble passed the landmark millionth observation back in 2011.

The latest image came back in time for the 25th-anniversary celebration and shows a tapestry of young stars flaring to life.

The cluster resides in an area 20,000 light-years away from Earth in the constellation Carina.

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