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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.
Science Discovery
Hubble captures a glimpse of an expanding bubble in space
Hubble captures a glimpse of an expanding bubble in space
Release date: January 13, 2000

A star 40 times more massive than the Sun is blowing a giant bubble of material into space. The beefy star [lower center], embedded in the bright blue...

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Hubble press release
Significant Image
The Eskimo Nebula (NGC 2392)
The Eskimo Nebula (NGC 2392)
Release date: January 24, 2000

The exterior of this stellar relic is a disk of material embellished with a ring of comet-shaped objects, with their tails streaming away from the central,...

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Significant Image
Close-up view of a reflection nebula
Close-up view of a reflection nebula
Release date: March 2, 2000

NGC 1999 is an example of a reflection nebula; a nebula that shines only because the light from an embedded source illuminates its dust. It lies about 1,500...

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Milestone Release
Hubble celebrates a decade in space
Hubble celebrates a decade in space
April 24, 2000

In the telescope's first ten years in orbit Hubble scientists studied 13,670 objects and made 271,000 individual observations resulting in over 2,651...

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HubbleSite press release
Historical Context
First long-duration stay on the International Space Station
First long-duration stay on the International Space Station
October 31, 2000

The three-person crew of Expedition 1 launches for a 140-day mission to the International Space Station (ISS) atop the 162-foot tall Soyuz TM rocket. During...

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NASA ISS: Expedition 1
Science Discovery
Hubble captures an extraordinary and powerful active galaxy
Hubble captures an extraordinary and powerful active galaxy
Release date: November 30, 2000

Nearby active galaxy, Circinus, belongs to a class of mostly spiral galaxies called Seyferts, which have compact centers and are believed to contain massive...

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HubbleSite press release
Science Discovery
Ghostly reflections in the Pleiades
Ghostly reflections in the Pleiades
Release date: December 6, 2000

An interstellar cloud is caught in the process of destruction by strong radiation from a nearby hot star. The cloud, Barnard's Merope Nebula, is illuminated...

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