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Today in Nerd History | April 25

Strap in, space enthusiasts and stargazers! Today we’re celebrating a monumental leap in our quest to understand the cosmos.

1990: Hubble Space Telescope Deployed​

In 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope was deployed into space aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-31), forever changing our view of the universe. This remarkable piece of technology has peered into the most distant reaches of the galaxy, bringing the wonders of space closer to home with its breathtaking images and groundbreaking scientific discoveries. Let’s orbit around some “Nerdy Facts” about this iconic observatory that continues to enlighten us with the beauty and mysteries of space.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • A Visionary View: The Hubble Space Telescope was named after the astronomer Edwin Hubble, who famously discovered that the universe is expanding. Hubble has lived up to its namesake by expanding our knowledge of the universe, providing clear, detailed images free from the distortion of Earth’s atmosphere.
  • Galactic Milestones: Since its launch, Hubble has made some incredible discoveries, including providing evidence of black holes at the centers of galaxies and tracking interstellar objects as they pass through our solar system. Its observations have been crucial in determining the age of the universe.
  • A Bumpy Start: Hubble’s journey wasn’t without its challenges. Shortly after deployment, it was discovered that the telescope’s primary mirror had an aberration that affected the clarity of the images. This issue was famously corrected in 1993 during a servicing mission by Space Shuttle Endeavour (STS-61), in a remarkable display of orbital problem-solving.

The Hubble Space Telescope has not only revolutionized our understanding of the universe but has also captured the imagination of millions around the world, inspiring a deeper appreciation for the vast beauty that exists beyond our planet. As we mark this significant date, April 25, we celebrate Hubble’s contributions to science and its role in pushing the boundaries of space exploration. Here’s to many more years of discovery and exploration, uncovering the secrets held by the stars! Happy Nerd History Day, fellow explorers of the galaxy.

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