NASA at 60

All About Space re­veals the space agency’s great­est achieve­ments to date

All About Space - - Contents - Writ­ten by Ian Even­den

“The Hub­ble Space Tele­scope mis­sion is clearly one of NASA’s most in­ter­na­tion­ally cel­e­brated achieve­ments. The ge­nius of putting a tele­scope above Earth’s blur­ring at­mos­phere has opened our eyes to a uni­verse brim­ming with bil­lions of gal­ax­ies, colour­ful star-form­ing neb­u­lae and mys­ter­ies of dark mat­ter and dark en­ergy. Hub­ble is also re­veal­ing in­cred­i­ble ac­tiv­ity in our own So­lar Sys­tem, and rich at­mo­spheres of plan­ets or­bit­ing other stars, some­thing never even en­vi­sioned when Hub­ble was first launched. The mis­sion’s suc­cess shows the power of NASA’s di­verse strengths work­ing to­gether, most no­tably through the sev­eral heroic as­tro­naut ser­vic­ing mis­sions to Hub­ble. Th­ese have en­abled the tele­scope to stay at the very fore­front of sci­en­tific dis­cov­ery even decades af­ter launch, and we an­tic­i­pate many good dis­cov­er­ies from Hub­ble for years to come.”

Dr Jen­nifer Wise­man Hub­ble Space Tele­scopese­nior project sci­en­tist NASA's God­dard Space Flight Cen­ter

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