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Special Hubblecasts mark 20 years of the Hubble Space Telescope

23 April 2010

Two special episodes of the Hubblecast have been released to mark the 20th anniversary, on 24 April 2010, of the launch of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. Hubblecast 35: The Stuff of Legend takes a look at the story of the Hubble Space Telescope from conception to launch, while a selection of its scientific triumphs are showcased in Hubblecast 36: Gifts from the sky.

The Hubblecast is a video podcast featuring the latest news and images from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space telescope. In each episode the host, Dr Joe Liske, takes viewers on a journey through the cosmos as seen through the eyes of this remarkable space telescope.

To mark the 20th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope, Dr. Liske takes a look at the story of the Hubble Space Telescope during two special episodes of the Hubblecast.

In episode 35 discover how Hubble was born of an ambitious idea that took decades to become a reality. The project was complex and often faced huge setbacks but, ultimately, the powerful telescope took to the skies aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery on 24 April 1990.

Join Dr. Liske in episode 36 as he reviews the life of this prized observatory. Paying tribute to the remarkable achievements Hubble has made since its launch twenty years ago, Dr Liske presents it with a Cosmic Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Hubble Space Telescope is one of the most successful astronomical space observatories of all time. Over the past twenty years it has made some of the most dramatic discoveries in the history of astronomy and has revolutionized nearly every area of current astronomical research, from planetary science to cosmology. The countless beautiful images of the cosmos that Hubble has brought us have become some of the most well known across the globe.

The Hubblecasts are offered for download in several formats, including Full HD from the European homepage for the Hubble Space Telescope and are available from iTunes.

Last Update: 23 April 2010
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