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Hubble Reborn

Without the Hubble Space Telescope, we wouldn’t know how big and old the universe is, that black holes are all over the place, or that seemingly empty patches of space actually hold thousands of galaxies.

But without astronauts who risked their lives to fix and upgrade the Hubble, we wouldn’t know these things, either. Explore eye-popping images and space adventures.

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Image Tours

Image Tours

Fill your screen with planets, galaxies, glowing gas clouds, and more, all captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. Click on the links to find out what you're looking at. More...

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Space Telescope Science Institute
Hubble Space Telescope: Pictures, Facts and History

Hubble Space Telescope: Pictures, Facts and History

Who was Edwin Hubble? Where did the idea for a space telescope come from? How much repair work has it required? Get an overview of Hubble history here. More...

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Space.com
Telescopes & Light

Telescopes & Light

Different kinds of telescopes give us different information about the universe by detecting light of different wavelengths. Compare the images from a variety of telescopes. More...

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Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
From Kepler to Webb: The History of the Telescope

From Kepler to Webb: The History of the Telescope

At blinding speed, Hank Green takes you from the earliest telescopes to the Hubble Space Telescope. But the Hubble has a blind spot, which is why the James Webb Space Telescope is launching in 2018. More...

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SciShow
Gallery: Spacecraft Hubble

Gallery: Spacecraft Hubble

During Hubble's long mission taking pictures of the universe, astronauts have been taking pictures of it (as well as themselves.) Here are some of their best shots. More...

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Space Telescope Science Institute
Giant Magellan Telescope

Giant Magellan Telescope

Although ground based, the Giant Magellan Telescope will see some 10 times more clearly than the Hubble Space Telescope. How? Find out here — be sure to click the "PBS Special Feature" video. More...

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GMTO Corporation
How Hubble Sees

How Hubble Sees

No Hubble image is more famous than that of the Eagle Nebula. Did the telescope just see it and snap it? Not quite. Find out how an image like this is made. More...

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NOVA/PBS
Hubble Telescope Reveals Super-Planets Covered in Alien Clouds

Hubble Telescope Reveals Super-Planets Covered in Alien Clouds

Pushing the Hubble telescope to its limit, astronomers have analyzed clouds around a planet 40 light years away. These clouds are quite different from the ones here on Earth. More...

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Space.com
Hubble’s Universe Unfiltered: Deep Universe

Hubble’s Universe Unfiltered: Deep Universe

When Hubble looks at the most distant galaxies, it's also looking back in time some 13 billions years. This video's a great introduction to some of the most important ideas in astronomy. More...

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Space Telescope Science Institute
Saving Hubble Update

Saving Hubble Update

It took 5 spacewalks to fix the dying Hubble in 2009 — spacewalks during which the astronauts might have ruined the telescope or torn open their spacesuits and died. More...

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NOVA/PBS
Saving Hubble Update: Expert Q&A

Saving Hubble Update: Expert Q&A

What's it like to be outside your spacecraft for hours at a stretch, working on the Hubble telescope? Two astronauts answer these and other questions. More...

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NOVA/PBS
The Hubble Deep Field Academy

The Hubble Deep Field Academy

After the Hubble telescope captures images of the most distant regions in the universe, someone must make sense of them. See if you can. Then, find out how astronomers do it. More...

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Space Telescope Science Institute

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