Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Happy Birthday Hubble scope - and a very cool galaxy image.

21 years ago today, the now retired space shuttle Discovery launched the Hubble telescope.  At the time of launch, it wasn't known that the mirror was made slightly wrong and the scope needed glasses to read the small "Z X P E D" printed in small letters on the wall chart on the other side of the universe.  Hubble was fixed and has become one of the few things in the space program that the general public will know the name of (just the name and a few photos, I said nothing about knowledge of astronomy).
Hubble shows of on it's birthday with this very cool and almost science fiction looking galaxy that looks almost fake.  But it's real and we see it thanks to 21 years of this telescope.

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