This website is kept for archival purposes only and is no longer updated.
The Hubble Space Telescope was deployed from the Space shuttle Discovery during STS-31 on April 25, 1990. Since then, there have been 5 servicing missions that continued to upgrade the telescope's scientific instruments and operational systems. Hubble reached a major milestone, its 20th anniversary in orbit, on April 24, 2010.
Hubble imagery has both delighted and amazed people around the world and has rewritten astronomy textbooks with its discoveries.
This Hubble photo is of a small portion of one of the largest-seen star-birth regions in the galaxy, the Carina Nebula. Towers of cool hydrogen laced with dust rise from the wall of the nebula. The pillar is also being pushed apart from within, as infant stars buried inside it fire off jets of gas that can be seen streaming from towering peaks. Credit: NASA, ESA, and M. Livio and the Hubble 20th Anniversary Team (STScI). View larger image
The Hubble Space Telescope Program resides
at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD.
The creation of material for this website through the years has mostly been linked to the Hubble
servicing missions. The final servicing mission, the spectacularly successful SM4, took place in May 2009. As a result, this site is
no longer updated on a regular basis. The website does contain detailed information on the telescope and its operations, the
scientific instruments and other hardware currently on board Hubble, and details about all the servicing missions that were flown during
1993-2009. For the latest science from Hubble, please visit http://www.nasa.gov/hubble, http://www.stsci.edu/hst, and http://www.hubblesite.org/.