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Space Telescopes

What is the best-known space telescope?

The Hubble Space Telescope is named after the American astronomer Edwin Hubble. It was launched on the space shuttle Discovery on April 24, 1990, and is operated by NASA and the European Space Agency. Since then, this telescope (known as HST for short) has transformed our understanding of the universe more than any other telescope in history. Both scientifically and socially, this space telescope has been the most influential scientific facility of our generation.


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