Initial Deployment of the Hubble Space Telesope in 1990

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On April 24, 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope was launched into Earth orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery. One day later, it was deployed on its mission to study the universe at visible, ultraviolet, and infrared wavelengths. This image, from a camera mounted inside the shuttle's payload bay, captures the historic start to its 25 years (and counting) of cosmic observation.

Credit: NASA

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