Challenges of the James Webb Space Telescope, NASA’s Successor to Hubble

Ramin Skibba

Everyone grows up eventually. It’s hard to believe, but the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), which many astronomers and astronomy fans consider to be one of the most important telescopes of our generation, turns 25 this month. Hubble, built and funded by NASA and the European Space Agency, was launched on 24th April 1990, only a half year after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Its instruments produced numerous iconic images, including the spectacular ones below.

Everyone is celebrating this anniversary! Check out hubble25th.org for more images, news, and information. The 2010 documentary, “Saving Hubble,” is now viewable for free. Plus, in a public lecture on 1st April as part of National Academies’ Space Science Week, Jason Kalirai (Space Telescope Science Institute) highlighted Hubble’s many scientific contributions.

Crab Nebula (Credit: Hubble Space Telescope) Crab Nebula (Credit: Hubble Space Telescope) Galaxy M83 (HST) Galaxy M83 (HST) Ultra Deep Field (HST) Ultra Deep Field (HST)

Now astronomers and the astronomy-loving public are anticipating and preparing…

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