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Hubble space telescope, illustration

Hubble space telescope, illustration

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DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Hubble Space Telescope. Computer illustration of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) with the Orion Nebula behind. The HST is an astronomical satellite in orbit around Earth. It observes stars, galaxies and other astronomical objects in wide ranges of the electromagnetic spectrum from infrared and ultraviolet to visible light. The HST is a collaboration between NASA and the European Space Agency, and is one of NASA's Great Observatories. Named after the American astronomer Edwin Hubble, it was launched by the Space Shuttle Discovery in 1990, and orbits at a height of around 600 kilometres. The Orion Nebula, or Messier 42 (M42), is a diffuse nebula situated south of Orion's Belt. It lies about 1350 light-years from Earth.

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