Hubble Space Telescope

The Hubble Space Telescope has been providing world-renowned science observations since 1990. Hubble is run by the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, the Space Telescope Science Institute, and the European Space Agency (ESA).


NASA's Hubble website - nasa.gov/hubble
Space Telescope Science Institute's Hubble website - hubblesite.org
ESA's Hubble website - spacetelescope.org

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History

Historical footage of the telescope.
  • NASA’s First Chief Astronomer, the Mother of Hubble
    2018.02.11
    In a time when women were discouraged from studying math and science, Nancy Grace Roman became a research astronomer and the first Chief of Astronomy at NASA. Known today as the “Mother of Hubble,” she was instrumental in taking the Hubble Space Telescope from an idea to reality and establishing NASA’s program of space-based astronomical observatories. Celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science by listening to more of her story.
  • 25th Anniversary Resource B-Roll
    2015.04.20
    Collection includes highlight reels from the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope on April 24, 1990, deployment and various b-roll of the servicing missions.
  • Hubble Memorable Moments
    2016.04.14
    In celebration of the 25 years since the Hubble Space Telescope's April 1990 launch, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center recalls intense moments throughout Hubble's history that were memorable for Goddard's engineers and flight operators.
  • Goddard + Hubble, Valentines Since 1984
    2017.02.14
    Hubble's Space Telescope Operations Control Center (STOCC) had its ribbon-cutting ceremony at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland on Valentine's Day, 1984, beginning a long-lasting relationship that thrives to this day. Read more about Hubble mission operations at the STOCC here - https://www.nasa.gov/content/hubble-mission-operations
  • Servicing Mission 4 Resource Reel (pre-launch)
    2008.07.26
    Instruments added during SM4 will greatly expand the scientific power of the Hubble Space Telescope, putting Hubble at the 'apex' of its capabilities, adding improvement factors of 10-70 times in certain key performance areas.

    For more information please contact Goddard Space Flight Center Public Affairs Officers Susan Hendrix at 301-286-7745 or Ed Campion at 301-286-0697, http://www.nasa.gov

    Find more information about the Hubble Space Telescope and Service Mission 4 at http://www.nasa.gov/hubble

    For high resolution Hubble imagery go to http://hubblesite.org and http://www.stsci.edu

  • Servicing Mission 4 Launch Highlights
    2009.05.10
    Employees at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center cheered and applauded as shuttle Atlantis successfully launched at 2:01:56 p.m. ET on May 11. The Atlantis crew embarked on the fifth and final shuttle mission to the Hubble Space Telescope. The work they do will extend Hubble's lifespan by at least five years.

    Goddard employees had the opportunity to watch the launch in Building 8's auditorium and at the Goddard Visitor Center, where members of the public could enjoy the viewing as well. In the Building 8 auditorium during the hour before the launch, Mansoor Ahmed, manager of the Hubble Operations Project, and Dr. Jim Garvin, Goddard's chief scientist highlighted the complexity of the mission, which will make Hubble more powerful than ever before.

    Goddard plays a major role in the Hubble servicing mission. Astronauts trained with sophisticated Hubble models in Goddard facilities, and all of the telescope's components went through extensive testing at the center. Goddard's Space Telescope Operations Control Center staff upload the commands to Hubble that tell it where to point and when, what sensing instruments to use, and when to send data back to Earth. They also troubleshoot any problems that arise. During the servicing mission, the control center plays a vital role in ensuring all the new Hubble components will operate properly after the astronauts install them.

  • Senator Mikulski Celebrates Servicing Mission 4
    2009.05.18
    The Hubble Space Telescope has been with us for nearly two decades. In that time, its breathtaking images have captured peoples imaginations and its groundbreaking science has revealed some of the many secrets of our universe.

    After five spacewalks by the STS-125 mission to repair Hubble, commander Scott "Scooter" Altman confirmed a successful release of the Hubble telescope from the Space Shuttle Atlantis.

    Shortly after the deploy, Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski visited controllers in Goddard's Space Telescope Operations Control Center. Mikulski, who praised the Hubble team for their hard work and dedication during this mission.

    For more info: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/news/topstory/2009/hubble_deploy.html

Iconic Imagery

Some of Hubble's most famous and visually stunning images. For a full catalog of Hubble imagery, search http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/
  • Orion Nebula
    2013.10.17
    This dramatic image offers a peek inside a cavern of roiling dust and gas where thousands of stars are forming. The image, taken by the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) aboard NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, represents the sharpest view ever taken of this region, called the Orion Nebula. More than 3,000 stars of various sizes appear in this image. Some of them have never been seen in visible light. These stars reside in a dramatic dust-and-gas landscape of plateaus, mountains, and valleys that are reminiscent of the Grand Canyon.
  • Jupiter in 4k
    2015.10.13
    These new maps and spinning globes of Jupiter were made from observations performed with NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. They are the first products to come from a program to study the solar system’s outer planets – Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune and, later, Saturn – each year using Hubble. The observations are designed to capture a broad range of features, including winds, clouds, storms and atmospheric chemistry. These annual studies will help current and future scientists see how these giant worlds change over time.

    Scientists at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the University of California at Berkeley produced two global maps of Jupiter from the observations, which were made using Hubble’s high-performance Wide Field Camera 3.

    The two maps represent nearly back-to-back rotations of the planet, making it possible to determine the speeds of Jupiter’s winds. Already, the images have revealed a rare wave just north of the planet’s equator and a unique filament-like feature in the core of the Great Red Spot that had not been seen previously.

    In addition, the new images confirm that the Great Red Spot continues to shrink and become more circular, as it has been doing for years. The long axis of this characteristic storm is about 150 miles (240 kilometers) shorter now than it was in 2014. Recently, the storm had been shrinking at a faster-than-usual rate, but the latest change is consistent with the long-term trend.
  • eXtreme Deep Field
    2015.09.25
    In 2004, the Hubble Ultra Deep Field (HUDF) provided a ground-breaking view of distant galaxies. In 2009, those data were augmented with new infrared observations to create the HUDF-IR. In 2012, the Hubble eXtreme Deep Field (HXDF) combined those images along with a complete census of archival datasets to see yet farther into the universe. The HXDF contains roughly 5,500 galaxies stretching over 13 billion light-years of space, and represents astronomy's deepest view into the cosmos.
    This scientific visualization depicts a flight through the HXDF galaxies. Using measured and estimated distances for approximately 3,000 galaxies, astronomers and visualizers constructed a three-dimensional model of the galaxy distribution. The camera traverses through the thirteen-billion-light-year dataset and ends in blackness, not because more distant galaxies do not exist, but because such galaxies have not yet been observed. For cinematic reasons, the exceedingly vast distances in the 3D model have been significantly compressed.
  • Hubble Images
    2014.01.24
    Some large-resolution images from hubblesite.org, prepared for the hyperwall.
  • Andromeda Galaxy
    2013.10.17
    Andromeda galaxy–also called M31 by astronomers–is the largest galaxy in the Local Group, the group of galaxies that our Milky Way galaxy also belongs to. The Panchromatic Hubble Andromeda Treasury is a Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Multi-cycle program to map roughly a third of M31’s star forming disk, using 6 filters covering from the ultraviolet through the near infrared. With HST’s resolution and sensitivity, the disk of M31 will be resolved into more than 100 million stars, enabling a wide range of scientific endeavors. This movie starts with a 1.5 x 3.0 kiloparsec (KPC) view of part of Andromeda's major star forming ring. The field contains millions of stars, mottled by filaments of dust, which dim and redden the background stars. As the movie begins, it zooms into the region, revealing a rich mix of old red stars and young blue stars, along with occasional background galaxies and emission line nebulosity. As the movie pans across, it moves into regions of intense star formation, traced by thousands of bright blue stars. Satellite: Hubble Space Telescope
  • Veil Nebula
    2015.09.24
    This 3-D visualization flies across a small portion of the Veil Nebula as photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope. This region is a small part of a huge expanding remnant from a star that exploded many thousands of years ago. Hubble resolves tangled rope-like filaments of glowing gases.
    The 3-D model has been created for illustrative purposes and shows that that the giant bubble of gas has a thin, rippled surface. It also highlights that the emission from different chemical elements arises from different layers of gas within the nebula. In the imagery, emission from hydrogen, sulfur, and oxygen are shown in red, green, and blue, respectively.
  • Horsehead Nebula
    2015.09.25
    The Horsehead Nebula is a dark cloud of dense gas and dust located just below the belt of Orion on the sky. A visible light view shows a strong silhouette resembling the horse's head used for a knight in chess. Infrared light, however, reveals a more complex scene, as shown in Hubble's 2013 image. The warm parts of the clouds glow in infrared light, plus longer infrared wavelengths can penetrate deeper into the clouds. A dark and relatively featureless scene is revealed as a glowing gaseous landscape.
    This video presents a scientific visualization of the Horsehead Nebula as seen in infrared light. To fill out the widescreen frame, the central Hubble image has been augmented by ground-based observations from the European Southern Observatory's Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy (VISTA). The three-dimensional interpretation has been sculpted to create a wispy and mountainous environment, with stars distributed in an approximate and statistical manner. The computer graphics model is intended to be scientifically reasonable, but not fully accurate. This imaginative traverse provides an inspiring spaceflight experience that brings the celestial scene to life.
  • Carina Nebula
    2015.09.25
    The Carina Nebula is a vast, star-forming region in our Milky Way Galaxy. Within the nebula, new stars form out of dense, dark clouds of gas and dust. The bright, high-energy radiation from massive young stars erodes away the dark gas. Tall pillars, such as the ones featured in this sequence, form when dense pockets of gas resist that erosion. The illuminating stars for these pillars are located well off the top of the image. At the peaks of two pillars, jets of emission serve as the birth announcements of new stars buried within the clouds. The image is nicknamed "Mystic Mountain" and was released in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope.
    Like most astronomical objects, the Carina Nebula is too far away for the Hubble Space Telescope to see in a three-dimensional perspective. This scientific visualization separates the stars and layers of the nebula to create depth from the 2D image. A virtual camera flies into the resulting 3D model, which is informed by astronomical knowledge but is not scientifically accurate. Distances, in particular, have been greatly compressed.
  • Westerlund 2
    2015.09.24
    This visualization provides a three-dimensional perspective on Hubble's 25th anniversary image of the nebula Gum 29 with the star cluster Westerlund 2 at its core. The flight traverses the foreground stars and approaches the lower left rim of the nebula Gum 29. Passing through the wispy darker clouds on the near side, the journey reveals bright gas illuminated by the intense radiation of the newly formed stars of cluster Westerlund 2. Within the nebula, several pillars of dark, dense gas are being shaped by the energetic light and strong stellar winds from the brilliant cluster of thousands of stars.
  • Eagle Nebula
    2014.05.01
    Where stars are born.

25th Anniversary

Videos and resource reels from Hubble's 25th Anniversary, celebrated in 2015.

Spacecraft Animations

Animations of the Hubble Space Telescope.

B-Roll

B-roll reels of Hubble facilities or events
  • Nancy Grace Roman, The Mother of Hubble - Media Resources
    2017.06.12
    Interviews and b-roll of Dr. Nancy Grace Roman, "the Mother of Hubble." Dr. Roman, born May 16, 1925, began working at NASA in 1959 and served as NASA's first Chief of Astronomy.
  • Hubble Facilities
    2016.12.02
    NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center is home to the Hubble Space Telescope Operations Project, the government’s team of technical managers and scientists who oversee all aspects of the Hubble mission. Under its direction, an integrated group of civil servants and contractors at Goddard collectively known as the operations team is responsible for Hubble’s mission operations—those functions of the mission that operate together to assure the health, safety, and performance of the spacecraft. Examples include monitoring and adjusting the spacecraft’s subsystems (e.g. power, thermal, data management, pointing control, etc.), flight software development, sustaining engineering of the control center hardware and software, and systems administration of the network and ground system components. A separate contractor team at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore is similarly responsible for science operations—the functions necessary to award telescope time, schedule observations, calibrate the received data, and archive the datasets. Working closely together, Goddard and the STScI operate Hubble 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, though most of the commanding to the telescope and receipt of its science data is accomplished by computers via automated operations.
  • Edited B-Roll From Hubble 25th Anniversary NASA Social
    2015.04.23
    Edited NATSOUND package from the NASA Social held April 23rd for Hubble's 25th anniversary. NASA Social attendees visited the Hubble Control Room at Goddard Space Flight Center. They also heard from engineers during their visit and even got to see the types of tools astronauts used to service Hubble.

Produced Video Shorts

Fully produced Hubble web shorts.
  • Hubble Image of a Galaxy Without Dark Matter
    2018.03.28

    Watch this video on the NASA Goddard YouTube channel.

    Music credit: "Reborn" by Maksim Tyutmanov [PRS] and Victoria Beits [PRS]; Atmosphere Music Ltd PRS; Score Addiction; Killer Tracks Production Music

  • Hubble's Messier Marathon Madness
    2018.03.16
    In mid-March, skywatchers in the northern hemisphere can try to observe all 100 objects from the Messier Catalog in one night. To celebrate the Messier Marathon, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope is releasing 12 new images to add to its extensive collection of Messier objects observed by Hubble.
  • Mission Possible: Women of the Hubble Space Telescope
    2018.03.08
    As children and teenagers, six women couldn’t fathom the journey their lives would take to bring them to work on the Hubble Space Telescope. From astronaut to social media lead, these select "Women of Hubble" overcame obstacles and persevered through hardships to achieve their dreams. Their inspirational stories teach us that anyone can succeed if you stay curious, never give up, and don’t let anyone stop you.
  • NASA’s First Chief Astronomer, the Mother of Hubble
    2018.02.11
    In a time when women were discouraged from studying math and science, Nancy Grace Roman became a research astronomer and the first Chief of Astronomy at NASA. Known today as the “Mother of Hubble,” she was instrumental in taking the Hubble Space Telescope from an idea to reality and establishing NASA’s program of space-based astronomical observatories. Celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science by listening to more of her story.
  • Hubble Observes Atmospheres of TRAPPIST-1 Exoplanets in the Habitable Zone
    2018.02.05
    Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have conducted the first spectroscopic survey of Earth-sized planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system's habitable zone. Hubble reveals that at least the inner five planets do not seem to contain puffy, hydrogen-rich atmospheres similar to gaseous planets such as Neptune. This means the atmospheres may be more shallow and rich in heavier gases like carbon dioxide, methane, and oxygen. Find the full story and press release at hubblesite.org. Read the joint Hubble and Spitzer findings on nasa.gov. The science paper is available from Nature Astronomy.
  • Hubble Watches Neptune's Dark Storm Die
    2018.02.15

    Watch this video on the NASA Goddard YouTube channel.

    Music credit: "Struggling in the City" by Emre Ramazanoglu [PRS], Jamie Michael Bradley Reddington [PRS], and Patrick Green [PRS]; Atmosphere Music Ltd [PRS]; BLOCK; Killer Tracks Production Music

  • Hubble Inspires Our Inner Explorer
    2017.11.08
    Humanity's drive to explore led to one of the most iconic exploration machines of all time, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. This video was edited by summer interns at the Goddard Space Flight Center.
  • Hubble Captures Supernova's Light Echo
    2017.11.09
    Over a period of two and a half years, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope observed the "light echo" of supernova SN 2014J in galaxy M82, located 11.4 million light-years away. Read the web story on nasa.gov. Download the full image release on hubblesite.org.
  • Hubble Sees First-Time Icy Visitor Comet K2
    2017.09.28
    NASA's Hubble Space Telescope observed the farthest-discovered active inbound comet, Comet K2. K2 came from the distant Oort Cloud and is visiting our inner solar system for the first (and only) time. Since we're seeing it so far away, past the orbit of Saturn, K2 is still in its early phase of activity, likely making it the most primitive comet anyone has ever seen.
  • Star Gives Birth to Possible Black Hole in Hubble and Spitzer Images
    2017.05.25
    A team of astronomers at The Ohio State University watched a star disappear and possibly become a black hole. Instead of becoming a black hole through the expected process of a supernova, the black hole candidate formed through a "failed supernova." The team used NASA's Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes and the Large Binocular Telescope to observe and monitor the star throughout the past decade. If confirmed, this would be the first time anyone has witnessed the birth of a black hole and the first discovery of a failed supernova. Read the NASA web feature here. Find the full image release package at HubbleSite.org. Read the full science paper in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.
  • Hubble's Galaxy-Observing Superpowers
    2017.05.04
    The Hubble Space Telescope is keeping watch over many, many galaxies using the combined superpowers of its incredible optics and a quirk of nature called gravitational lensing. The full image package for galaxy cluster Abell 370 is available on the HubbleSite. Learn more about the Frontier Fields program at http://www.stsci.edu/hst/campaigns/frontier-fields/
  • Europa Water Vapor Plumes - More Hubble Evidence
    2017.04.13
    The Hubble Space Telescope has captured even more evidence of water vapor plumes on Jupiter's icy moon Europa. The probable plumes appear to be repeating in the same location and correspond with a relatively warm region on Europa's surface observed by the Galileo spacecraft. Read the press release here - https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-missions-provide-new-insights-into-ocean-worlds-in-our-solar-system View the release images on the HubbleSite here - http://hubblesite.org/news_release/news/2017-17 Read the science paper here - http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/2041-8213/aa67f8/pdf
  • Hubble Views Jupiter at Opposition
    2017.04.06
    The Hubble Space Telescope observed Jupiter on April 3rd, 2017 - just days before Jupiter is in opposition on April 7th. This new image of Jupiter is part of Hubble's Outer Planets Atmospheres Legacy program, which is one of many ways Hubble provides science on the Jupiter system. View the NASA.gov web story here - View the HubbleSite release images here - Learn more about Hubble's OPAL program here - archive.stsci.edu/prepds/opal/ Learn more about NASA's Juno mission here - nasa.gov/juno Learn more about NASA's planned Europa Clipper mission here - nasa.gov/europa
  • Hubble Detects a Rogue Supermassive Black Hole
    2017.03.23
    The Hubble Space Telescope captured an image of a quasar named 3C 186 that is offset from the center of its galaxy. Astronomers hypothesize that this supermassive black hole was jettisoned from the center of its galaxy by the recoil from gravitational waves produced by the merging of two supermassive black holes. Read the press release here - PUT LINK TEXT HERE Read the science paper here - PUT LINK TEXT HERE Download the Hubble images here - http://hubblesite.org/news_release/news/2017-12
  • Goddard + Hubble, Valentines Since 1984
    2017.02.14
    Hubble's Space Telescope Operations Control Center (STOCC) had its ribbon-cutting ceremony at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland on Valentine's Day, 1984, beginning a long-lasting relationship that thrives to this day. Read more about Hubble mission operations at the STOCC here - https://www.nasa.gov/content/hubble-mission-operations
  • Hubble: Humanity's Quest for Knowledge
    2016.12.30
    Launched on April 24, 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope has provided over a million observations, advancing studies of the solar system, nebulae, exoplanets, stars, black holes, galaxies, dark matter, and dark energy. The culmination of decades of human ingenuity, the Hubble Space Telescope remains at peak performance and continues humanity's quest for knowledge. Follow Hubble online at nasa.gov/hubble and @NASA_Hubble
  • Hubble Directly Images Possible Plumes on Europa
    2016.09.26
    NASA's Hubble Space Telescope took direct ultraviolet images of the icy moon Europa transiting across the disk of Jupiter. Out of ten observations, Hubble saw what may be water vapor plumes on three of the images. This adds another piece of supporting evidence to the existence of water vapor plumes on Europa - Hubble also detected spectroscopic signatures of water vapor in 2012. The existence of water vapor plumes could provide NASA's Europa flyby mission the opportunity to study the conditions and habitability of Europa's subsurface ocean. Read the full nasa.gov story here: http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-s-hubble-spots-possible-water-plumes-erupting-on-jupiters-moon-europa Read the full science paper here: http://hubblesite.org/pubinfo/pdf/2016/33/pdf.pdf Full details on the images can be found on HubbleSite.org: http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2016/33/ Additional Resources: JPL's "Europa: Tempting Target for Future Exploration" video file is downloadable here: https://vimeo.com/118505538 Read the Dec 2013 press release about Hubble's previous observations of Europa here: http://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/hubble-europa-water-vapor
  • Hubble Traveling Exhibit
    2016.08.01
    Hubble's "New Views of the Universe" traveling exhibit immerses visitors in the magnificence and mystery of the Hubble mission and introduces the James Webb Space Telescope. If you are considering hosting the exhibit, you may explore the different sections of the installation in these videos. If you are currently hosting the exhibit, you are welcome to share this short promotional video. A special thank you to the Buffalo State University Planetarium, Buffalo, NY and its students for supporting the production of this video. For more information, visit nasa.gov/content/the-hubble-traveling-exhibit
  • Hubble Explores the Final Frontier
    2016.07.21
    In celebration of Star Trek's new movie and 50th anniversary, the Hubble Space Telescope is sharing its newest Frontier Field image, which uses a clever trick from nature to boldly observe what no telescope has observed before.
  • Can you #SpotHubble?
    2016.07.21
    Since its launch in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope has sent back mind-blowing images that not only changed our understanding of our universe, but also changed where we see glimpses of our universe in everyday life. Hubble is more than a science spacecraft; it’s a cultural phenomenon! Take a moment to think about where you’ve seen the Hubble Space Telescope or Hubble images in your daily life. Maybe you own a textbook with a picture of the telescope on the cover, or you walk by a mural inspired by Hubble images every day on your way to work. Perhaps you’ve even created art based on Hubble images. We want to see the Hubble impact in your life! Share your photos with us on Instagram, Twitter, Flickr and Facebook. How to #SpotHubble! There are four social media platforms that you can use to submit your work. Flickr: Submit your photos to the Spot Hubble Flickr Group Instagram: Use the Instagram app to upload your photo, and in the description include #SpotHubble and #NASAGoddard Twitter: Share your image on Twitter and include #SpotHubble in the tweet Facebook: Share your image on Facebook and include #SpotHubble in the post If a #SpotHubble image catches our eye, we may share your post on our NASA Hubble social media accounts. Terms and Conditions For more information: NASA Invites You to #SpotHubble
  • Hubble Makes First Measurements of Earth-Sized Exoplanet Atmospheres
    2016.07.20
    On May 4th, 2016, the Hubble Space Telescope made the first spectroscopic measurements of two of the three known Earth-sized exoplanets in the TRAPPIST-1 system just 40 light-years away. Now the results are in: a thick, puffy, hydrogen-helium atmosphere is likely ruled out from the possible range of atmospheres for these two planets. Additional visuals from the European Southern Observatory can be downloaded here: http://www.eso.org/public/news/eso1615/E
  • Hubble's New View of Mars and Planets
    2016.05.19
    The Hubble Space Telescope is more well known for its picturesque views of nebulae and galaxies, but it's also useful for studying our own planets, including Mars. Hubble imaged Mars on May 12, 2016 - ten days before Mars would be on the exact opposite side of the Earth from the Sun. View the full image release here: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2016/hubble-takes-mars-portrait-near-close-approach
  • Hubble Discovers Moon Orbiting Dwarf Planet Makemake
    2016.04.26
    Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope discovered a moon orbiting dwarf planet Makemake -- the third largest known object past the orbit of Neptune, about two thirds the size of Pluto. Further observations of this moon may allow astronomers to calculate Makemake's mass, which will give them a better idea of its density and thus its bulk composition. The Hubble Space Telescope has been instrumental in studying our outer solar system; it also discovered four of the five moons orbiting Pluto.
  • Hubble Memorable Moments
    2016.04.14
    In celebration of the 25 years since the Hubble Space Telescope's April 1990 launch, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center recalls intense moments throughout Hubble's history that were memorable for Goddard's engineers and flight operators.
  • NASA Missions Take an Unparalleled Look into Superstar Eta Carinae
    2015.01.07
    Eta Carinae is a binary system containing the most luminous and massive star within 10,000 light-years. A long-term study led by astronomers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, combined data from NASA satellites, ground-based observing campaigns and theoretical modeling to produce the most comprehensive picture of Eta Carinae to date. New findings include Hubble Space Telescope images that show decade-old shells of ionized gas racing away from the largest star at a million miles an hour, and new 3-D models that reveal never-before-seen features of the stars' interactions. Located about 7,500 light-years away in the southern constellation of Carina, Eta Carinae comprises two massive stars whose eccentric orbits bring them unusually close every 5.5 years. Both produce powerful gaseous outflows called stellar winds, which enshroud the stars and stymy efforts to directly measure their properties. Astronomers have established that the brighter, cooler primary star has about 90 times the mass of the sun and outshines it by 5 million times. While the properties of its smaller, hotter companion are more contested, Goddard's Ted Gull and his colleagues think the star has about 30 solar masses and emits a million times the sun's light. At closest approach, or periastron, the stars are 140 million miles (225 million kilometers) apart, or about the average distance between Mars and the sun. Astronomers observe dramatic changes in the system during the months before and after periastron. These include X-ray flares, followed by a sudden decline and eventual recovery of X-ray emission; the disappearance and re-emergence of structures near the stars detected at specific wavelengths of visible light; and even a play of light and shadow as the smaller star swings around the primary. During the past 11 years, spanning three periastron passages, the Goddard group has developed a model based on routine observations of the stars using ground-based telescopes and multiple NASA satellites. According to this model, the interaction of the two stellar winds accounts for many of the periodic changes observed in the system. The winds from each star have markedly different properties: thick and slow for the primary, lean and fast for the hotter companion. The primary's wind blows at nearly 1 million mph and is especially dense, carrying away the equivalent mass of our sun every thousand years. By contrast, the companion's wind carries off about 100 times less material than the primary's, but it races outward as much as six times faster. The images and videos on this page include periastron observations from NASA's Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer, the X-Ray Telescope aboard NASA's Swift, the Hubble Space Telescope's STIS instrument, and computer simulations. See the captions for details.
  • Hubble, Swift Detect First-Ever Changes in an Exoplanet Atmosphere
    2012.06.28
    An international team of astronomers using data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has detected significant changes in the atmosphere of a planet located beyond our solar system. The scientists conclude the atmospheric variations occurred in response to a powerful eruption on the planet's host star, an event observed by NASA's Swift satellite.

    The exoplanet is HD 189733b, a gas giant similar to Jupiter, but about 14 percent larger and more massive. The planet circles its star at a distance of only 3 million miles, or about 30 times closer than Earth's distance from the sun, and completes an orbit every 2.2 days. Its star, named HD 189733A, is about 80 percent the size and mass of our sun.

    Astronomers classify the planet as a "hot Jupiter." Previous Hubble observations show that the planet's deep atmosphere reaches a temperature of about 1,900 degrees Fahrenheit (1,030 C).

    HD 189733b periodically passes across, or transits, its parent star, and these events give astronomers an opportunity to probe its atmosphere and environment. In a previous study, a group led by Lecavelier des Etangs used Hubble to show that hydrogen gas was escaping from the planet's upper atmosphere. The finding made HD 189733b only the second-known "evaporating" exoplanet at the time.

    The system is just 63 light-years away, so close that its star can be seen with binoculars near the famous Dumbbell Nebula. This makes HD 189733b an ideal target for studying the processes that drive atmospheric escape.

    When HD 189733b transits its star, some of the star's light passes through the planet's atmosphere. This interaction imprints information on the composition and motion of the planet's atmosphere into the star's light.

    In April 2010, the researchers observed a single transit using Hubble's Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS), but they detected no trace of the planet's atmosphere. Follow-up STIS observations in September 2011 showed a surprising reversal, with striking evidence that a plume of gas was streaming away from the exoplanet.

    The researchers determined that at least 1,000 tons of gas was leaving the planet's atmosphere every second. The hydrogen atoms were racing away at speeds greater than 300,000 mph.

    Because X-rays and extreme ultraviolet starlight heat the planet's atmosphere and likely drive its escape, the team also monitored the star with Swift's X-ray Telescope (XRT). On Sept. 7, 2011, just eight hours before Hubble was scheduled to observe the transit, Swift was monitoring the star when it unleashed a powerful flare. It brightened by 3.6 times in X-rays, a spike occurring atop emission levels that already were greater than the sun's. Astronomers estimate that HD 189733b encountered about 3 million times as many X-rays as Earth receives from a solar flare at the threshold of the X class.

  • Reviving Fomalhaut b
    2012.10.25
    A second look at data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope is reanimating the claim that the nearby star Fomalhaut hosts a massive exoplanet. The study suggests that the planet, named Fomalhaut b, is a rare and possibly unique object that is completely shrouded by dust. Fomalhaut is the brightest star in the constellation Piscis Austrinus and lies 25 light-years away. In November 2008, Hubble astronomers announced the exoplanet, named Fomalhaut b, as the first one ever directly imaged in visible light around another star. The object was imaged just inside a vast ring of debris surrounding but offset from the host star. The planet's location and mass — about three times Jupiter's — seemed just right for its gravity to explain the ring's appearance. Recent studies have claimed that this planetary interpretation is incorrect. Based on the object's apparent motion and the lack of an infrared detection by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, they argue that the object is a short-lived dust cloud unrelated to any planet. A new analysis, however, brings the planet conclusion back to life.
  • Astronomers Uncover a Surprising Trend in Galaxy Evolution
    2012.10.19
    A comprehensive study of hundreds of galaxies observed by the Keck telescopes in Hawaii and NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has revealed an unexpected pattern of change that extends back 8 billion years, or more than half the age of the universe. "Astronomers thought disk galaxies in the nearby universe had settled into their present form by about 8 billion years ago, with little additional development since," said Susan Kassin, an astronomer at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and the study's lead researcher. "The trend we've observed instead shows the opposite, that galaxies were steadily changing over this time period." Today, star-forming galaxies take the form of orderly disk-shaped systems, such as the Andromeda Galaxy or the Milky Way, where rotation dominates over other internal motions. The most distant blue galaxies in the study tend to be very different, exhibiting disorganized motions in multiple directions. There is a steady shift toward greater organization to the present time as the disorganized motions dissipate and rotation speeds increase. These galaxies are gradually settling into well-behaved disks. Blue galaxies — their color indicates stars are forming within them — show less disorganized motions and ever-faster rotation speeds the closer they are observed to the present. This trend holds true for galaxies of all masses, but the most massive systems always show the highest level of organization. Researchers say the distant blue galaxies they studied are gradually transforming into rotating disk galaxies like our own Milky Way.
  • Swift and Hubble Probe an Asteroid Crash
    2011.04.28
    Late last year, astronomers noticed that an asteroid named Scheila had unexpectedly brightened and it was sporting short-lived plumes. Data from NASA's Swift satellite and Hubble Space Telescope show that these changes likely occurred after Scheila was struck by a much smaller asteroid.

    On Dec. 11, 2010, images from the University of Arizona's Catalina Sky Survey, a project of NASA's Near Earth Object Observations Program, revealed the Scheila to be twice as bright as expected and immersed in a faint comet-like glow. Looking through the survey's archived images, astronomers inferred the outburst began between Nov. 11 and Dec. 3.

    Three days after the outburst was announced, Swift's Ultraviolet/Optical Telescope (UVOT) captured multiple images and a spectrum of the asteroid. Ultraviolet sunlight breaks up the gas molecules surrounding comets; water, for example, is transformed into hydroxyl (OH) and hydrogen (H). But none of the emissions most commonly identified in comets — such as hydroxyl or cyanogen (CN) — show up in the UVOT spectrum. The absence of gas around Scheila led the Swift team to reject scenarios where exposed ice accounted for the activity.

    Images show the asteroid was flanked in the north by a bright dust plume and in the south by a fainter one. The dual plumes formed as small dust particles excavated by the impact were pushed away from the asteroid by sunlight. Hubble observed the asteroid's fading dust cloud on Dec. 27, 2010, and Jan. 4, 2011.

    The two teams found the observations were best explained by a collision with a small asteroid impacting Scheila's surface at an angle of less than 30 degrees, leaving a crater 1,000 feet across. Laboratory experiments show a more direct strike probably wouldn't have produced two distinct dust plumes. The researchers estimated the crash ejected more than 660,000 tons of dust—equivalent to nearly twice the mass of the Empire State Building.

    For the collision animation go here.

  • 20 Years of Hubble Science
    2010.07.22
    This video series focuses on two areas of science that the Hubble Space Telescope has helped advance: thee formation and evolution of galaxies and detection of extrasolar planets.
  • Making Hubble More Powerful
    2009.05.12
    The Hubble Space Telescope would not be able to produce its breathtaking science without the upgraded infrastructure targeted during the HST SM4 mission: Fine Guidance Sensor, Scientific Instrument Command and Data Handling, Soft Capture Mechanism, Batteries, and New Outer Blanket Layers. Along with all new cameras, scientific instruments, the Hubble telescope will work better than it ever has in its lifetime.
  • Inside Hubble's Control Room During a Spacewalk
    2009.05.15
    Keith Walyus describes the experience of the Servicing Mission 4 spacewalks as head of communications in the Goddard STOCC.

    The Space Telescope Operations Control Center, also known as the STOCC, is responsible 24/7, 365 days a year for monitoring all Hubble systems and facilitating all of the telescope's science observations. Two teams of flight controllers designated as the Orbit Team and the Planning Team will work closely with the mission control flight team in Houston in coordinating all of the activities planned as part of the final shuttle servicing mission to the Hubble Telescope.

  • Hubble Career Profiles
    2009.07.27
    These profiles begin to explore what systems engineering is as seen through the roles of Benjamin Reed and Jackie Townsend on the Hubble Space Telescope. Reed is a materials assurance engineer who has a background in chemistry and has most recently worked on improving Hubble's outer blanket layer. Townsend came to Goddard with a background in physics and has served as the instrument manager of Hubble's newest imager, Wide Field Camera 3. Through their personal backgrounds and current work, Reed and Townsend show that great engineers share patience, tenacity, and a passion for problem solving.
  • The Hubble Legacy: A Collegiate Case Study
    2009.07.27
    USA Today Education, in collaboration with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, brings the final section of a six-part case study, which explores the human ingenuity, vision, and expertise represented in the still-evoloving story of the Hubble Space Telescope. The interviews that follow are based on the Critical Inquiry section of the case study, which was composed by the subject matter experts at NASA.
  • The Last Mission to Hubble
    2008.08.29
    Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission 4 is the last time humans will visit Hubble. NASA's scientists, engineers and astronauts are working together to make Hubble better than it has been before. See what NASA has planned for this last mission to Hubble; from new science instruments, to two challenging and never-done-before instrument repairs, and numerous upgrades.

    For complete transcript, click here.

  • SLIC: The Unsung Hero of Servicing Mission 4
    2009.01.11
    The composite Super Lightweight Interchangeable Carrier (SLIC) is a new breed of equipment carrier that will allow the Space Shuttle to transport a full complement of scientific instruments and other components to Hubble. Made of carbon fiber with a cyanate ester resin and a titanium metal matrix composite, SLIC is the first all-composite carrier to fly on the shuttle. This flat, reusable pallet looks very different from the carriers flown on previous Hubble servicing missions because of its efficient design. This design, plus SLIC's composite construction, makes it much lighter and stronger than traditional aluminum carriers. About half the weight of its predecessors, SLIC shows a dramatic increase in performance over other Hubble equipment carriers, with nearly double the carrying capability.
  • ACS Repair: The Challenge to Fix Hubble's Best Survey Camera
    2008.09.25
    Shortly after NASA Administrator Michael Griffin announced that NASA would add a servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope, Hubble's most prominent camera and most used instrument, died.

    The incredible engineering challenge to understand the problem, develop a strategy to fix ACS that astronauts could perform, create the tools and new circuit board components in an incredibly short time, could not have been accomplished if the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) hadn't failed a few years ealier. Goddard Engineers leveraged techniques they developed for STIS repair to fix ACS.

  • Wide Field Camera 3: Extending Hubble's Vision, Packed with Power
    2008.06.18
    When placed on the Hubble Space Telescope, WFC3 will provide unprecedented capabilities for imaging the cosmos at near-ultraviolet and at near-infrared wavelengths. The Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) will study a diverse range of objects and phenomena, from early and distant galaxy formation to nearby planetary nebulae, and finally our own backyard — the planets and other bodies of our Solar System. WFC3 extends Hubble's capability not only by seeing deeper into the universe but also by seeing simultaneously into the infrared and ultraviolet. WFC3 can, for example, simultaneously observe young, hot stars (glowing predominantly in the ultraviolet) and older, cooler stars (glowing predominantly in the infrared) in the same galaxy.
  • Hubble Servicing Mission Movie Trailer
    2008.06.17
    The last mission to Hubble, Servicing Mission 4 movie-trailer-like video.

    For complete transcript, click here.

  • Hubble Servicing Mission 4 Countdown Status
    2008.06.17
    An update on instrument, tool and carrier preparations for STS-125: HST Servicing Mission 4 at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. Update as of January 2, 2008.

    For complete transcript, click here.

  • Vision. Hope. Triumph.
    2008.09.29
    'They had to have vision; they had to have hope. And ultimately there was the triumph of seeing it come to fruition.' Heidi Hammel, a Senior Research Scientist from the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado, expresses her views on the past, present, and future of the Hubble Space Telescope and its upcoming repair mission.

    For more information go to http://www.nasa.gov/hubble.

  • Goddard Space Flight Center Divers
    2008.06.17
    In planning for Servicing Mission 4 to Hubble, crew members divide their time between NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, working underwater on a Hubble mock-up to simulate the effects of weightlessness, and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland, where they practice scheduled mission tasks on a Hubble mock-up inside a large clean room facility. Many Goddard engineers are trained divers. These engineers work along side the astronauts while in the Neutral Buoyancy Lab to aid in their training. This underwater experience helps HST engineers understand what the astronauts need as they work together to refine tools and procedures to service Hubble.

    For complete transcript, click here.

  • Hubble Servicing Mission 4 Crew Training at Goddard
    2008.06.17
    Astronauts travel to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center to prepare for Servicing Mission 4 to the Hubble Space Telescope. HST Servicing Mission Commander Scott Altman describes coming to Goddard and working with the flight hardware.

    For complete transcript, click here.

  • Hubble Operations at GSFC
    2008.06.17
    The Hubble would not be able to do what it does without the help of a small group of dedicated engineers and technicians at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. During HST Servicing Missions the Space Telescope Operations Control Room at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center becomes a very busy place.

    For complete transcript, click here.

  • Crew Aids and Tools
    2008.06.17
    A team at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center designs and builds the special tools and aids astronauts need when they service the Hubble Space Telescope. Engineers describe working with the astronaut crew and developing tools to meet specific challenges as well as inventing new tools that will help NASA astronauts well into the future.

    For complete transcript, click here.

  • Cosmic Origins Spectrograph - Exploring Physics Across the Universe
    2008.07.15
    The Cosmic Origins Spectrograph, a fourth-generation instrument, designed by Dr. James Green and his University of Colorado colleagues for the cosmic web study in the 90's, will replace the Corrective Optics Space Telescope Axial Replacement (COSTAR.)

    Once installed on the Hubble Space Telescope during the upcoming servicing mission this year, COS will dramatically advance physics and astrophysics research on the origin of the Universe, astronomical objects, evolution of galaxies, and planetary system formations. In addition, the spectroscope will significantly enhance the spectroscopic capabilities of the telescope at ultraviolet wavelengths, provide scientists with unparalleled opportunities for observing faint sources of ultraviolet and cosmic web light that will absorb new cosmic information and help the telescope investigate the collected data until the end of its mission, currently 2013.

    For complete transcript, click here.

  • STIS Repair: The Quest for Renewed Exploration
    2008.09.10
    Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS), the most versatile spectrograph ever to fly on Hubble, ceased operations in August 2004 due to the failure of its power supply. In order to restore STIS to operational status, astronauts will perform a never-before-attempted on-orbit replacement of an electronics board inside STIS's main electronics box. On Earth this operation is relatively simple, but in space many challenges confront the astronauts as they work to replace the failed board including working to remove 111 tiny, non-captive screws with astronaut gloves.

    The Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) that will be added during Servicing Mission 4, and STIS are highly complementary and are very complimentary to each other providing scientists with a full set of spectroscopic tools for astrophysical research. The STIS instrument's accomplishments include determining the atmospheric composition of an exoplanet as well as spectra and images at ultraviolet and visible wavelengths of the Universe from our solar system out to cosmological distances.

    For complete transcript, click here.

Liveshots

Footage from live Hubble news campaigns
  • Hubble Messier Catalog
    2017.10.30
    The Messier catalog includes some of the most fascinating astronomical objects that can be observed from Earth’s Northern Hemisphere. Among them are deep-sky objects that can be viewed in stunning detail using larger telescopes but are also bright enough to be seen through a small telescope. This characteristic makes Messier objects extremely popular targets for amateur astronomers possessing all levels of experience and equipment. They are so popular, in fact, that they have inspired a special award from the Astronomical League (an organization for amateur astronomers) given to observers who are able to spot each of these objects. Those who succeed receive a certificate and are given the distinction of being in the Messier Club.
  • Galaxies Galore! Hubble's Last 'Frontier Fields' Image Live Shots
    2017.05.01
    Galaxies Galore! A lot of Galaxies Need Guarding in Hubble’s Latest View
    New ‘Frontier Field’ Image Takes us on an Adventure to the Edges of the Universe

    The Hubble Space Telescope is humanity’s window to the cosmos. Just in time for the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Hubble’s newest and final ‘Frontier Field’ image shows just how vast and crowded our universe is. There are thousands of galaxies in the narrow field of sky Hubble looked at – an area no bigger than looking at the sky through a soda straw. Thanks to Hubble, scientists estimate there are some two trillion galaxies. Now that’s a lot of galaxies in need of guarding!

    So what exactly is a galaxy and what kind of superpower did Hubble use to capture this new image? Chat with NASA on Friday, May 5, from 6:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. ET to show your viewers this new deep field image, and find out how Hubble uses nature’s own magnifying lens to see some of the faintest galaxies ever seen.

    Hubble’s Frontier Fields program uses the gravitational power of massive galaxy clusters deep in space to magnify the light of galaxies too faint and distant for Hubble to see directly. The resulting image is like a funhouse mirror, showing galaxies that appear distorted and stretched. This gravitational lensing effect is the best tool for finding and studying one of nature’s biggest secrets, something called dark matter.

    **To book a window contact**
    Michelle Handleman/ michelle.z.handleman@nasa.gov/ 301-286-0918

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    Suggested Questions:
    1. What is a galaxy and can you show us some that need guarding?
    2. What superpower did Hubble use to see faint and distant galaxies in this new image?
    3. Dark matter sounds like something a villain would use. How do missions like Hubble help us learn about one of nature’s biggest secrets?
    4. Hubble just celebrated its 27th birthday. What’s next for the famous space telescope?
    5. Where can we see this beautiful image and learn more about Hubble?


    Live Shot Details:

    Location: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center / Greenbelt, Maryland

    Interviews with:
    Jim Jeletic / Hubble Space Telescope Deputy Project Manager
    Dr. Padi Boyd / NASA Scientist
    Dr. Dan Coe / Astronomer / Space Telescope Science Institute
    Dr. Susana Deustua / Associate Scientist / Space Telescope Science Institute [Spanish interviews]

    Video: NASA will roll all insert videos during live interviews. If needed, stations can roll a clean feed of all video at 5:45 a.m. ET on May 5, 2017, at the above listed satellite.

    Learn more: nasa.gov/hubble
    Follow us: @NASAHubble

  • Exoplanet Live Shots 2.23.17
    2017.02.21
    NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. Three of these planets are firmly located in the habitable zone, the area around the parent star where a rocky planet is most likely to have liquid water. You can find graphics HERE that go with this story. The discovery sets a new record for greatest number of habitable-zone planets found around a single star outside our solar system. All of these seven planets could have liquid water–key to life as we know it–under the right atmospheric conditions, but the chances are highest with the three in the habitable zone.

    Scientists are available for live TV or radio interviews on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 6:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. EST to share these exciting results with your morning viewers, and talk about how NASA is exploring these strange new worlds. We will also give you a sneak peek into upcoming NASA missions that will further the search for life in the universe.

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    **** To book a window contact **** Michelle Handleman/ michelle.z.handleman@nasa.gov/ 301-286-0918

    Live Shot Details:

    Location: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/Greenbelt, Maryland

    Scientists:

    Dr. Paul Hertz / Director, Astrophysics Science Division, NASA Headquarters Washington

    Dr. Padi Boyd / Chief , Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics Laboratory

    Dr. Nikole Lewis / Astronomer, Space Telescope Science Institute

    Dr. Hannah Wakeford / NASA Scientist

  • New Hubble "Frontier Field" Image Live Shots
    2016.07.15

    NASA scientists chatted about the new FRONTIER FIELD image from the Hubble Space Telescope that takes us to the very edge of space and time. This is one of Hubble’s deepest views yet of the universe. There are thousands of galaxies in this image, each teeming with billions of stars, home to many strange distant worlds. Just as Captain Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise have stretched our imagination for the last 50 years, for a quarter century Hubble has turned science fiction into science fact.

    Hubble’s Frontier Fields program uses the power of massive galaxy clusters deep in space. The gravity of these clusters is so massive that it distorts and magnifies the light around it, allowing us to see the very faint light of the distant galaxies behind it.

    **** To book a window contact **** Michelle Handleman / michelle.z.handleman@nasa.gov / 301-286-0918

    Suggested Questions:

    For more than a quarter century, Hubble has inspired generations of people around the world with its views of the universe. Can you show us the new "Frontier Field" image?

    So this image is literally taking us back to the very edge of space and time. How is this image helping us explore the final frontier?

    Star Trek has stretched our imagination for 50 years. The Starship Enterprise (and its successors) explored hundreds of strange new worlds. How does Hubble compare in seeking out life and new civilizations?

    Star Trek helped us imagine many wonders out there in the Final Frontier. What are some of the wildest things Hubble has seen?

    Where can we learn more? Can you #SpotHubble in everyday life? Find more Hubble on Twitter @NASA_Hubble

  • New Hubble Image Of Mars Live Shots. Great Viewing Opportunity Of The Red Planet In Late May
    2016.05.13
    Best Viewing Opportunity Of The Red Planet in Two Years

    Mars Makes Major Comeback in Night Sky During Alignment With Earth

    NASA To Release New Hubble Space Telescope Image of Mars

    The night sky in late May will have a very special feature this year. That’s because Mars will shine bigger and brighter than any other time in the past two years as the Red Planet approaches the closest point in its orbit to Earth. No fancy telescopes are needed. You’ll be able to spot the Red Planet with the naked eye.

    Mars and Earth travel at different speeds in their elliptical orbits around the sun. While they line up every 26 months, this will be Mars’ closest orbit to Earth since 2005!

    The Hubble Space Telescope will take advantage of this great viewing opportunity and turn its gaze toward Mars to capture a new, detailed snapshot of the Red Planet.

    NASA scientists are available on Friday, May 20th from 6:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. EDT to show your viewers Hubble’s newest image of Mars, tell you how you can spot Mars next weekend and show you some of Hubble’s other images of planets, moons, and fascinating objects in our solar system.

    For 26 years, Hubble has taken stunning pictures of the planets right here in our solar system, in addition to its more than a million observations of far away galaxies and nebulae. These views of the planets in our solar system have provided scientists with a treasure trove of data about Earth’s closest neighbors.

    ****To book a window*** Contact: Michelle Handleman/ michelle.z.handleman@nasa.gov/ 301-286-0918 work

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  • Hubble Sees A Cosmic "Lightsaber" Live Shots
    2015.12.17
    Far, far away in our own galaxy, cosmic forces are awakening in a newborn star seen by the Hubble Space Telescope. On Friday, Dec. 18th, scientists will show you a new image of a newborn star right here in our Milky Way galaxy, shooting jets into space that resemble a cosmic “lightsaber.”

    Since Hubble’s launch in 1990, Hubble has given humankind an unobstructed view of the universe that has rewritten the textbooks and profoundly transformed our understanding of the cosmos and our place among the stars. Hubble has given us a closer look at galaxies far, far away, and the planets and moons right here in our solar system. This is helping NASA in its quest to understand the solar system and beyond. Hubble continues to generate powerful images that show us the real ‘star wars,’ turning science fiction into science fact. Hubble Sees the Force Awakening in a Newborn Star. Click to download the new "lightsaber" image. Extended Hubble resource collection with additional videos, interviews, animations and packages

  • Hubble 25th Anniversary Live Shot Resource Page
    2015.04.20
    NASA Scientsts talk about the 25th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope. Also includes edited b-roll.