The Hubble Space Telescope is a space telescope that was launched into low Earth orbit in 1990 and remains in operation. Although not the first space telescope, Hubble is one of the largest and most versatile and is well known as both a vital research tool and a public relations boon for …
Astronaut Owen Garriott works next to Skylab's manned solar space observatory, 1973
Grinding of Hubble's primary mirror at Perkin-Elmer, March 1979
The OTA, metering truss, and secondary baffle are visible in this image of Hubble during early construction.