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A chronology of the Hubble Space Telescope Illustrates the mission's history from conception through its 25 years of ground-breaking observations and discoveries.
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The Cartwheel Galaxy: A starry ring-world is born in a head-on collision
The Cartwheel Galaxy: A starry ring-world is born in a head-on collision
Release date: January 10, 1995

This striking ring-like feature is a direct result of a smaller intruder galaxy — possibly one of two objects to the right of the ring — that careened...

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HubbleSite press release
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Hubble observes Neptune
Hubble observes Neptune
Release date: June 14, 1995

These almost true-color pictures of Neptune were constructed from Hubble's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2. Opposite hemispheres of the planet show bright...

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HubbleSite press release
Milestone Release
Gas pillars in the Eagle Nebula
Gas pillars in the Eagle Nebula
Release date: November 2, 1995

The iconic photo of the so-called "Pillars of Creation" reveals never-before-seen details of three giant columns of cold gas bathed in the scorching...

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HubbleSite press release
Science Discovery
Proto-planetary systems identified in the Orion Nebula
Proto-planetary systems identified in the Orion Nebula
November 20, 1995

The image reveals at least 153 glowing protoplanetary disks (first discovered with the Hubble in 1992, and dubbed "proplyds"), embryonic solar systems that...

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HubbleSite press release
Historical Context
SOHO is launched
SOHO is launched
December 2, 1995

The Solar & Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) is a project of international collaboration between the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA to study the Sun...

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NASA Mission: SOHO
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A successor to Hubble is recommended
1995/1996

Space Telescope Institute Council (STIC) recommends, as a successor to Hubble, a significantly larger telescope capable of seeing infrared light. NASA...

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