This photograph of the HST was taken in 1994.
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Hubble Space Telescope
The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) is really neat! It was first launched in 1990, but scientists started building it in the 1970's! We have found all kinds of objects like stars, nebulae and galaxies.
The HST orbits the Earth 600 km above the surface. It has three cameras that it uses to take pictures of distant objects. NASA sent the Space Shuttle to Hubble 5 times to keep the telescope in good shape.
We are still using the HST after 19 years. Scientists are creating other telescopes like the Hubble to use in the future. Below is a short list of the many discoveries made by the HST. There are many more news pieces about the Hubble in Headline Universe.
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