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20 Years of the Hubble Space Telescope

Twenty years after its April 24, 1990 launch, the Hubble Space Telescope is an icon in space. Here are some of the most amazing views from the prolific space telescope. Hubble’s new Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) starts things off in this image of the planetary nebula, cataloged as NGC 6302, but more popularly called the Bug Nebula or the Butterfly Nebula. WFC3 was installed by NASA astronauts in May 2009, during the servicing mission to upgrade and repair the 19-year-old Hubble telescope.

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