Happy 20th Birthday Hubble: Jaw-Breaking Birthday Photo And Collection

It’s been 20 years since Hubble was launched off from the Kennedy Space Center and be placed in orbit. It has been 20 years of jaw-dropping discoveries and awesome photos. These photos are not just for display purposes but has also been giving scientists a clearer view of the outer space thus contributing much to their various studies.

As per history courtesy of wikipedia, the Hubble space telescope was carried into orbit by a space shuttle in April 1990. It is named after the American astronomer Edwin Hubble. Although not the first space telescope, Hubble is one of the largest and most versatile, and is well-known as both a vital research tool and a public relations boon for astronomy. It was launched from the vehicle from the Space Shuttle Discovery. It just suited that the space telescope has been contributing so much discovery.

Here are photos taken by the telescope published from the abcnews.com. You can view their complete gallery here.

Space Shuttle Launch at the Kennedy Space Center

Space shuttle Discovery was launched early today, Monday, April 6, 2010 at 6:21 am at the Kennedy Space Center aboard its six-member astronaut crew headed by U.S. Navy Captain Alan Poindexter.

Dubbed as the “STS-131” mission, the astronauts will be on a 13-day mission to the International Space Station (ISS) to perform three spacewalks to deliver the multi-purpose logistics module containing science racks for use in the various labs throughout the space station.

According to NASA, the astronauts will also collect a Japanese science experiment thereby including mission specialist Naoko Yamakazi of the Japanese Space Agency in the space mission. In addition, they will also switch out a gyro assembly on part of the station’s truss structure.

“If you take a look at the spacewalks and the time of this mission, it’s an extremely packed mission,” says William Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator for Space Operations of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

A lot of critics have expressed their disappointment to the Obama Administration for cancellation of the Constellation Program of NASA. The programs aims to develop a new rocket and space capsule to lift astronauts into orbit which would have seen astronauts return to the moon again by the year 2020.

Endeavour Space Shuttle Launch Will Be Watched By Many

Aside from the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the launch of space shuttle Endeavour will be watched by a lot of people. On Friday, at 3:47 p.m. at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida, Endeavour will embark on its final mission, and mark NASA’s second to last shuttle mission before the 30-year US space shuttle program ends.

On its last mission the Endeavour will carry an Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, spare parts, two communication antennas, and a high-pressure gas tank to the International Space Station.

Among the “guests of honor” who will watched the shuttle launch of Endeavour are Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and President Obama. Giffords, who is undergoing rehabilitation in Houston, flew to Florida to witness her husband, Mark Kelly, in the Endeavour’s shuttle launch. She was injured in a shooting incident in Tucson where 13 people were injured and 6 others killed.

Mark Kelly commands the NASA space shuttle Endeavour which is tasked to deliver to the space station, an Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer. The spectrometer measures cosmic rays which could identify antimatter or dark matter. This will help scientists learn more about the universe. It will be the final mission of the Endeavour.

According to NASA shuttle test director Jeff Spaulding, Endeavour is ready and in “good shape” for its Friday launch. Although there will be isolated storms, the weather will get better by 11 pm, which would not cause major problems with the shuttle launch.

President Obama and his family will also watch the historic shuttle lift-off. Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey’s shows will devote time for the space shuttle Endeavour launch.

Photo credit: Inquisitr.com

Best Hubble Telescope Photo Images from Google Earth

The Google Doodle featured the 20th anniversary of the launching of the space telescope named “Hubble Telescope” which was carried into orbit in April 23, 1990 and was named after American astronomer Edwin Hubble.

Accordingly, Hubble Telescope was one of the most vital tool of NASA to observe the space and to pursue further studies in astronomy. What’s make Hubble amazing though was the fact that it was the only telescope ever designed to be serviced in space by astronauts.

Since its launch, the Hubble Telescope had six servicing missions from Space Shuttle Endeavour launched in December 1993 up to the most recent Space Shuttle Atlantis launched last May 2009 capturing over 570,000 images of around 30,000 celestial objects in the universe.

Hubble Telescope has provided various scientists and astronomers with astounding photos and images in space making it possible for them to publish more than 8,700 scientific papers. It has revealed some interesting photos and pictures of different galaxies and nebulae resembling different shapes of objects here in planet Earth.

If you’re looking for some of the most famous Hubble Space Telescope photos and images, we have prepared some of them. One of Hubble’s most famous photos called “Pillars of Creation” showed stars forming in the Eagle Nebula as shown below.

In this Hubble image, the telescope showed pillars of star-forming gas and dust within the nebula.

In addition to the famous photo above, here is an additional exciting image from Hubble Telescope called the “Horsehead Nebula” which resembled that of a horse’s head from the shape of its swirling cloud of dark dust and gases.

Another interesting photo captured by the Hubble Telescope was the “Helix Nebula” which was considered to be among one of the closest nebulae on Earth.

Resembling that of a human eye, the photo of the “Helix Nebula” above has often been referred to as the Eye of God watching us here on planet Earth.

Another magnificent photo caught by Hubble Telescope which is called the “Butterfly Nebula”.

Butterly Nebula is one of the hottest stars located in our own galaxy, Milky Way with an estimated temperature of 220,000 degrees celsius.

Moreover, if you’re familiar with the movie Lord of the Rings, this type of Nebula called the Mystic Mountain from “Carina Nebula” resembles that of the bizaare landscape of the mountain in that movie.

Furthermore, the photo of the “Crab Nebula” considered as the single most interesting object as well as one of the most studied in all of astronomy is shown below:

Finally, here is another famous Hubble Telescope photo which resembles the image of a ghost. Thus, the name “Ghost Head Nebula” is used.

According to NASA, this nebula is one of a chain of star-forming regions lying south of the 30 Doradus nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud. Two bright regions (the ‘eyes of the ghost’) are very hot, glowing ‘blobs’ of hydrogen and oxygen.

For more space photos which revealed some of the most interesting nebula in space, you can visit  huge collection of Hubble Telescope images from Google Earth here. Hubble Telescope is truly one of the best and most advanced invention in space technology.

However, with the huge maintenance costs involving its operations, the question now lies on up until when can this Hubble Telescope be in space to give us more wonderful space photos and images.