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25th Anniversary Video Series

Exclusive interviews with the people who built, maintain and use data from Hubble

2: Hubble: The Beginning


This segment looks at the state of astronomy before Hubble and the difficulties of observing from the ground that drove the need for a space telescope. Astronomers instrumental in the Hubble project in the 60s and 70s reflect on how the design of the telescope was forced to evolve because methods used by ground-based observatories weren't practical in space.

Credit: NASA, ESA, and M. Estacion (STScI)