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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
Detailed image map of Pluto
Detailed image map of Pluto
Release date: February 4, 2010

The most detailed images ever taken of Pluto confirm the distant dwarf planet is a dynamic world that undergoes dramatic atmospheric changes.

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HubbleSite press release
Historical Context
 First sun images from SDO
First sun images from SDO
March 30, 2010

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) captured this full-disk multiwavelength extreme ultraviolet image. False colors trace different gas temperatures....

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NASA Mission: SDO
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Pillar and jets in Carina
Pillar and jets in Carina
Release date: April 22, 2010

A three-light-year-tall pillar of gas and dust within a tempestuous stellar nursery called the Carina Nebula is being eaten away by the brilliant light from...

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HubbleSite press release
Milestone Release
Hubble celebrates 20 years in orbit
Hubble celebrates 20 years in orbit
April 24, 2010

In the telescope's two decades in orbit Hubble scientists made more than 930,000 observations and snapped over 570,000 images of 30,000 celestial objects...

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Hubble's 20th Anniversary site
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JWST passes key mission design review milestone
JWST passes key mission design review milestone
Release date: April 28, 2010

The James Webb Space Telescope passes its Mission Critical Design Review, which signifies that the integrated observatory will meet all science and...

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NASA press release
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SOFIA obtains 'first light' imagery
SOFIA obtains 'first light' imagery
May 26, 2010

NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) successfully obtained its first in-flight, nighttime celestial observations during its “First...

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NASA Mission: SOFIA
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Starburst Cluster NGC 3603
Starburst Cluster NGC 3603
Release date: July 6, 2010

The nebula, located 20,000 light-years away in the constellation Carina, contains a central cluster of huge, hot stars, called NGC 3603. Ultraviolet...

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HubbleSite press release
Science Discovery
Hubble photographs never-before-seen evidence of an asteroid collision
Hubble photographs never-before-seen evidence of an asteroid collision
Release date: October 13, 2010

Four Hubble images, taken over a five-month period, show bizarre X-shaped debris at the head of a comet-like trail of material that likely came from a...

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HubbleSite press release
Science Discovery
Future motions of stars in Omega Centauri
Future motions of stars in Omega Centauri
Release date: October 26, 2010

The multicolor snapshot (left) captures the central region of the giant globular cluster Omega Centauri. All the stars in the image are moving in random...

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HubbleSite press release
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First private company successfully launchs and returns a spacecraft
First private company successfully launchs and returns a spacecraft
December 8, 2010

Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) tested its Falcon 9 and a fully functioning Dragon capsule combination during a brief mission launched...

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Hubble supernova bubble SNR 0509
Hubble supernova bubble SNR 0509
Release date: December 14, 2010

This pristine shell is the result of gas that is being shocked by the expanding blast wave from a supernova. Ripples in the shell's surface may be caused...

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