Hubble marks 15 years (and one day)

One for the science geeks.. I know you’re out there. Yesterday marked the the 15th anniversary of the Hubble Telescope – the original estimate of its full operational life-span. Spectacular images from the telescope were released to commemorate the occasion including an astonishingly beautiful image of the Eagle Nebula in a variety of file formats and sizes.

As well as the Eagle Nebula image, the Hubble team released this wonderfully organic image of the Whirlpool Galaxy – M51 – again in a variety of file formats and sizes.

It’s not all good news for Hubble though, as this BBC report makes clear. Maintenance work on the orbiting telescope, originally scheduled for 2006, was cancelled earlier this year… and that means that there is, probably, only a couple of years left for Hubble. [scroll down for FAQs and links to further reports]

  • Donnie

    Aren’t all Sluggers geeks?

    The pictures returned throughout this mission have been more amazing than even the geekiest geek could have imagined. The universe is indeed a stunning place. Has “the big man” (not the Rev. Dr. but THE big man) had a hand in its creation?

  • maca

    “not the Rev. Dr. but THE big man”

    Mick Fealty?

  • Donnie

    Aye him – the (ex-) bearded one. Who did you think I was talking about?!

  • maca

    “Who did you think I was talking about?!”

    I was kinda hoping it was me. Darn, let down again.

  • Mick

    Fifteen years? I am getting old. And not so much of yer oul’ cheek, you at the back!

  • peteb

    Fifteen years? I am getting old. And not so much of yer oul’ cheek, you at the back!

    Honestly, Mick, I wasn’t going to mention it.. 😉