The best of Hubble: NASA marks telescope's 25th anniversary

On April 24, 1990, NASA launched the Hubble Space Telescope. The telescope rocketed into space aboard the shuttle Discovery, and now after 25 years of giving people a glimpse at some of the farthest reaches of outer space, Hubble has been honored by NASA with a week-long celebration. Here are some of the best views of the cosmos captured by Hubble.

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    25th anniversary NASA Hubble Space Telescope image

    NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), A. Nota (ESA/STScI), and the Westerlund 2 Science Team
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    Hubble panoramic view of Orion Nebula

    NASA,ESA, M. Robberto (Space Telescope Science Institute/ESA) and the Hubble Space Telescope Orion Treasury Project Team
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    Spiral galaxy Messier

    NASA, ESA, K. Kuntz (JHU), F. Bresolin (University of Hawaii), J. Trauger (Jet Propulsion Lab), J. Mould (NOAO), Y.-H. Chu (University of Illinois, Urbana), and STScI
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    Core of the merging galaxy cluster Abell 520

    NASA, ESA, CFHT, CXO, M.J. Jee (University of California, Davis), and A. Mahdavi (San Francisco State University)
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    Horsehead Nebula

    NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
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    The Cat's Eye Nebula

    NASA, ESA, HEIC, and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
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    Ring Nebula

    NASA, ESA, C.R. O'Dell (Vanderbilt University), and D. Thompson (Large Binocular Telescope Observatory)
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    Crab Nebula

    NASA, ESA, J. Hester and A. Loll (Arizona State University)
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    Massive star, VY Canis Majoris

    NASA, ESA, and R. Humphreys (University of Minnesota)
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    Eagle Nebula's 'Pillars of Creation,' 1995 original and 2015 high-def images

    REUTERS/NASA/ESA/Hubble Heritage Team/Handout via Reuters
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