This is an actual photograph of the HST taken in 1994
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Hubble is Going Strong After 10 Years
News story originally written on April 14, 2000
April 24, 1990, marked the beginning of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). This powerful observatory has been the world's eyes in space, peering into the deepest parts of the Universe. NASA and the scientific community are celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the HST this month.
Thanks to scheduled servicing missions, the HST is still going strong. The mission is scheduled to continue up to 2010, at which point the Next Generation Space Telescope will take over. But right now, scientists are excited about the strives we've made with this wonderful machine.
So far, the HST has studied 13,760 objects, made 271,000 observations and holds many records, including the deepest view of the Universe in visible light. The United Postal Service released a set of postage stamps to commemorate the Hubble.
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