The Hubble Space Telescope turns 27 on Thursday, marking another milestone for earth’s eye on space that has brought immense amounts of new knowledge down to the home planet during its lifetime.
In a post on its Facebook page, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration noted that “Today’s college undergraduates have not known a time in their lives when astronomers were not actively making discoveries with Hubble data.”
During its lifetime, the great instrument has undergone repairs and upgrades, described in a 2015 Washington Post article as the “equivalent of knee and hip replacement surgery.”
In honor of Hubble’s latest milestone, here are stories about it and images it has produced.
Space gas, dust
“Pillars of Creation”
Galaxies and more galaxies
Comet on the move
Staring at Jupiter