“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”
— Marcus Aurelius
On April 24, 1990 the Hubble Space Telescope was transported out into space by the the shuttle Discovery.
An awesome feat, Hubble was not free of setbacks. It was scheduled to launch in 1983, but an assortment of problems with the project, and the Challenger disaster, caused a 7 year delay in its launch.And then it was found to have a flaw in its main mirror. Which was repaired, in space, in 1993. Designed to be serviced in space, it was serviced a total of 5 times up through 2009. Expectations are the telescope should remain operational for another 15 years.
Courtesy of Hubble, we have seen some of the most remarkable photographs of our universe. And whenever life gets overwhelming, I like the reminder that ‘cosmically speaking, it just doesn’t matter’. The spectacular sights that Hubble has sent back help keep everything in perspective.
So, enjoy these pictures & for more, check out http://hubblesite.org or https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hubble/main/index.html