Weather of Arabia - The famous Hubble Space Observatory was launched on April 24, 1990 on board the space shuttle Discovery, and was deployed in orbit the next day, to begin its mission to explore the vast universe, including distant galaxies, nebulae and exoplanets, and on January 1, 2022 , the space telescope has officially reached a billion seconds in space, or about 31.7 years.
Announcing the Hubble telescope's achievement in an official statement, NASA officials said, "For more than three decades, Hubble has provided us with groundbreaking scientific discoveries and iconic images of space."
Here's an iconic milestone for an iconic mission: @NASAHubble officially passes the one-billion second mark in space! In case you don't have a calculator handy that's 31+ years of changing how we see and understand our universe. Follow all things Hubble: https://t.co/BxBF2AJzZE pic.twitter.com/Mf9e4BtA4H
— NASA 360 (@NASA360) January 6, 2022
The Hubble Space Telescope is a joint mission between NASA and the European Space Agency, and between 1993 and 2009, astronauts visited Hubble five times on service missions launched by the Space Shuttle Program. Scientific tools.
The telescope is located high above the Earth's atmosphere and has made more than 1.5 million observations in more than 30 years of operation. In contrast, thousands of scientific papers have been published based on the telescope's discoveries, according to a NASA statement.
Some of Hubble's most important observations include:
"We can only imagine the discoveries that the next billion seconds will bring as new telescopes like the recently launched James Webb Space Telescope and the futuristic Roman Nancy Grace Space Telescope that builds on Hubble's discoveries and works with Hubble to expand our understanding of the universe," NASA officials added in the statement.