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The Hubble Space Telescope Has Orbited Earth For 25 Years. Here Are 25 Of Its Most Stunning Images

Since 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope has been orbiting Earth, capturing images of the cosmos that have “fundamentally changed humanity’s scientific understanding of the universe.”

This year, to celebrate the telescope’s 25th anniversary, NASA and the European Space Agency have compiled 25 of the Hubble’s best and most important images -- one for each year that the telescope has orbited our planet.

Learn more about each image by clicking on the link beneath it.

  • 2014: Frontier Field Abell 2744

Credit: NASA, ESA, and J. Lotz, M. Mountain, A. Koekemoer, and the HFF Team (STScI)
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    2014: Frontier Field Abell 2744 Credit: NASA, ESA, and J. Lotz, M. Mountain, A. Koekemoer, and the HFF Team (STScI)

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  • 2013: Horsehead Nebula

Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
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    2013: Horsehead Nebula Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

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  • 2012: Planetary Nebula NGC 5189

Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
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    2012: Planetary Nebula NGC 5189 Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

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  • 2011: Interacting Galaxies Arp 273

Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
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    2011: Interacting Galaxies Arp 273 Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

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  • 2010: Pillar and Jets in Carina

Credit: NASA, ESA, and M. Livio and the Hubble 20th Anniversary Team (STScI)
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    2010: Pillar and Jets in Carina Credit: NASA, ESA, and M. Livio and the Hubble 20th Anniversary Team (STScI)

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  • 2009: Saturn Quadruple Moon Transit

Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
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    2009: Saturn Quadruple Moon Transit Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

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  • 2008: Interacting Galaxy Arp 148

Credit: NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration, and A. Evans
    2008: Interacting Galaxy Arp 148 Credit: NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration, and A. Evans (University of Virginia, Charlottesville/NRAO/Stony Brook University)

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  • 2007: NGC 602

Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) - ESA/Hubble Collaboration
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    2007: NGC 602 Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) - ESA/Hubble Collaboration

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  • 2006: Orion Nebula

Credit: NASA,ESA, M. Robberto (Space Telescope Science Institute/ESA) and the Hubble Space Telescope Orio
    2006: Orion Nebula Credit: NASA,ESA, M. Robberto (Space Telescope Science Institute/ESA) and the Hubble Space Telescope Orion Treasury Project Team

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  • 2005: Whirlpool Galaxy (M51)

Credit: NASA, ESA, S. Beckwith (STScI), and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
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    2005: Whirlpool Galaxy (M51) Credit: NASA, ESA, S. Beckwith (STScI), and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

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  • 2004: Helix Nebula

Credit: NASA, ESA, C.R. O'Dell (Vanderbilt University), M. Meixner and P. McCullough (STScI)
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    2004: Helix Nebula Credit: NASA, ESA, C.R. O'Dell (Vanderbilt University), M. Meixner and P. McCullough (STScI)

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  • 2003: V838 Monocerotis

Credit: NASA, ESA and H.E. Bond (STScI)
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    2003: V838 Monocerotis Credit: NASA, ESA and H.E. Bond (STScI)

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  • 2002: Tadpole Galaxy

Credit: NASA, H. Ford (JHU), G. Illingworth (UCSC/LO), M.Clampin (STScI), G. Hartig (STScI), the ACS Sc
    2002: Tadpole Galaxy Credit: NASA, H. Ford (JHU), G. Illingworth (UCSC/LO), M.Clampin (STScI), G. Hartig (STScI), the ACS Science Team, and ESA

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  • 2001: Warped Edge-On Galaxy ESO 510-G13

Image Credit: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), Acknowledgment: C. Con
    2001: Warped Edge-On Galaxy ESO 510-G13 Image Credit: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), Acknowledgment: C. Conselice (U. Wisconsin/STScI)

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  • 2000: The Eskimo Nebula (NGC 2392)

Credit: NASA, Andrew Fruchter and the ERO Team [Sylvia Baggett (STScI), Richard Hook (ST-
    2000: The Eskimo Nebula (NGC 2392) Credit: NASA, Andrew Fruchter and the ERO Team [Sylvia Baggett (STScI), Richard Hook (ST-ECF), Zoltan Levay (STScI)

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  • 1999: Mars

Credit: Steve Lee (University of Colorado), Jim Bell (Cornell University), Mike Wolff (Space Science Institute),
    1999: Mars Credit: Steve Lee (University of Colorado), Jim Bell (Cornell University), Mike Wolff (Space Science Institute), and NASA

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  • 1998: NGC 4314

Credit: G. Fritz Benedict, Andrew Howell, Inger Jorgensen, David Chapell (University of Texas), Jeffery Kenne
    1998: NGC 4314 Credit: G. Fritz Benedict, Andrew Howell, Inger Jorgensen, David Chapell (University of Texas), Jeffery Kenney (Yale University), and Beverly J. Smith (CASA, University of Colorado), and NASA

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  • 1997: M84 Black Hole Signature

Credit: Gary Bower, Richard Green (NOAO), the STIS Instrument Definition Team, and NASA
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    1997: M84 Black Hole Signature Credit: Gary Bower, Richard Green (NOAO), the STIS Instrument Definition Team, and NASA

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  • 1996: Hubble Deep Field

Credit: Robert Williams and the Hubble Deep Field Team (STScI) and NASA
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    1996: Hubble Deep Field Credit: Robert Williams and the Hubble Deep Field Team (STScI) and NASA

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  • 1995: Eagle Nebula, M16

Credit: NASA, ESA, STScI, J. Hester and P. Scowen (Arizona State University)
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    1995: Eagle Nebula, M16 Credit: NASA, ESA, STScI, J. Hester and P. Scowen (Arizona State University)

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  • 1994: Spiral Galaxy M100

Credit: NASA, ESA, STScI
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    1994: Spiral Galaxy M100 Credit: NASA, ESA, STScI

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  • 1993: Veil Nebula

Credit: J.J. Hester (Arizona State University), and NASA
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    1993: Veil Nebula Credit: J.J. Hester (Arizona State University), and NASA

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  • 1992: Orion Nebula

Credit: C.R. O'Dell (Rice University), and NASA
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    1992: Orion Nebula Credit: C.R. O'Dell (Rice University), and NASA

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  • 1991: NGC 4621

Credit: Walter Jaffe/Leiden Observatory, Holland Ford/JHU/STScI, and NASA
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    1991: NGC 4621 Credit: Walter Jaffe/Leiden Observatory, Holland Ford/JHU/STScI, and NASA

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  • 1990: Supernova 1987A (SN 1987a)

Credit: NASA, ESA, and STScI
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    1990: Supernova 1987A (SN 1987a) Credit: NASA, ESA, and STScI

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