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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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Spiral Galaxy NGC 2841
Spiral Galaxy NGC 2841
Release date: February 17, 2011

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope reveals a majestic disk of stars and dust lanes in this view of the spiral galaxy NGC 2841, which lies 46 million light-years...

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HubbleSite press release
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MESSENGER goes into orbit around Mercury
MESSENGER goes into orbit around Mercury
March 17, 2011

MESSENGER is the first spacecraft to orbit the planet Mercury. In the course of the one-year primary mission, the spacecraft's seven scientific instruments...

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NASA Mission: MESSENGER
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Interacting Galaxies Arp 273
Interacting Galaxies Arp 273
Release date: April 20, 2011

Arp 273 is a photogenic pair of interacting galaxies. The larger of the spiral galaxies, known as UGC 1810, has a disk that is tidally distorted into a...

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One-millionth science observation
One-millionth science observation
Release date: July 4, 2011

The observatory logged its one-millionth science observation during a search for water in an exoplanet's atmosphere. Rather than an image, the exposure is a...

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Landing of the last space shuttle mission
Landing of the last space shuttle mission
July 21, 2011

STS-135 marked the final chapter in the 30-year history of space shuttle flights. On July 8, 2011 Space shuttle Atlantis had made its final liftoff from...

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NASA Space Shuttle Era
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Juno is headed to Jupiter
Juno is headed to Jupiter
August 05, 2011

An Atlas V rocket lofted the Juno spacecraft toward Jupiter from Space Launch Complex-41. The 4-ton Juno spacecraft will take five years to reach Jupiter on...

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NASA Mission: Juno
Science Discovery
Supersonic jets from young stars
Supersonic jets from young stars
Release date: August 31, 2011

These glowing, clumpy streams of material are the signposts of star birth. Ejected episodically by young stars, the blobby material, called Herbig-Haro or HH...

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Hubble observations contribute to research honored with the Nobel Prize in Physics
Hubble observations contribute to research honored with the Nobel Prize in Physics
October 4, 2011

Adam Riess, an astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute and Krieger-Eisenhower professor in physics and astronomy at The Johns Hopkins University...

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10,000 Hubble science papers
10,000 Hubble science papers
Release date: December 6, 2011

The 10,000th science paper based on Hubble observations is published, making Hubble one of the most prolific astronomical endeavors in history.

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HubbleSite press release
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Star-Forming Region S106
Star-Forming Region S106
Release date: December 15, 2011

The outstretched "wings" of the bipolar star-forming region called Sharpless 2-106 record the contrasting imprint of heat and motion against the backdrop of...

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