HubbleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s One Millionth Observation
While Americans were watching controlled combustion devices propelling ignited metals and other chemicals (fireworks) the Hubble Space Telescope, at the ripe old age of 21, made its one millionth science observation. This was not a picture we can make a wallpaper of, but a spectroscopic measurement of the atmosphere of HAT-P-7b, or Kepler 2b, an extrasolar planet. This adds to the over 50 terabytes of data recorded thus far, but the analysis of this most recent data will take months.
Originally launched on April 24, 1990 onboard the Space Shuttle Discovery, Hubble has been called the most successfully science mission of all time having confirmed the existence of black holes, dark matter, parts of general relativity, determined the size and age of the universe, and more.