One of the most powerful and productive scientific tools ever developed, Hubble continues to capture scenes of profound beauty and intellectual challenge. Learn about the innovative design and storied history that have helped make Hubble a cultural icon.
Hubble eventually launched on April 24, 1990, aboard Space Shuttle Discovery and was deployed into space the next day using the shuttle's robotic arm.
In December 1993, astronauts aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour flew on a mission to install the corrective mirrors, add a new camera that had corrective mirrors already built into it, and perform other repairs to the spacecraft.
The camera was the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2), designed and built at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
WFPC2, which actually contains four cameras, would go on to produce many of Hubble's breathtaking images, helping transform our view of the cosmos.
During four more servicing missions over the next 16 years, astronauts repaired and replaced problematic hardware and installed new instruments on Hubble.
Hubble has been operating for over a quarter century, yet it is still at the peak of its scientific capability. The mission is managed and operated from this control center at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, with science operations conducted at the Space Telescope Science Institute.
During Hubble’s time in orbit, the telescope's discoveries have changed our fundamental understanding of the universe, and its memorable photos have reinvigorated the public’s interest in astronomy. Not since the days of Galileo has a telescope revolutionized our understanding of the cosmos and so broadly piqued the curiosity of the human race.