Celebrating 27 years in space

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An image of two spiral galaxies
Two spiral galaxies: NGC 4302 and 4298 (image credit: NASA).

On the 24th of April, 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) was launched into Earth orbit. After a bit of a rocky start, HST soon became one of the most important telescopes humans have ever built. Over its 27 years in orbit it has helped shape and guide our understanding of the Universe; from measuring the furthest galaxies to imaging smashed asteroids in the belt between Jupiter and Mars, it has contributed to many of the current astronomical fields.

For its birthday each year, HST releases a new 'spectacular image' to celebrate. This year, the image is of the two spiral galaxies NGC 4302 and 4298 (the 4302nd and 4298th galaxies in the New General Catalogue). Looking forward to many more insights from HST!

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Celebrating 27 years in space
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Jesse Rogerson, PhD

As a passionate science communicator, Jesse Rogerson loves promoting science literacy to the public. He frequently represents the Canada Aviation and Space Museum on television and radio, social media, and at conferences. A trained and practicing astrophysicist, Jesse holds a PhD in observational astrophysics from York University, and publishes his research in peer-reviewed journals. Jesse enjoys riding his motorcycle, board games, and ultimate frisbee.