The Hubble Space Telescope turned 30 on Friday, and also to mark the event Hubble published a fittingly amazing image.
Showing two nebulas, NGC 2020 and NGC 2014, some 163,000 light-years from Earth, the picture shows a portion of a huge star-forming area from the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way.
Since its launch on the shuttle Discovery on 24 April 1990, the telescope has shown a number of the amazing marvels of the world to humanity.
Shuttle astronauts have subsequently seen Hubble five occasions to produce repairs and improvements to the 43-foot-long observatory.
Early on, Hubble demonstrated the presence of supermassive black holes found they are located in the center of most galaxies.
Additionally, it helped pinpoint the era of the world in 13.8 billion years old, by deciding the present rate of growth of the world with a doubt of just 3 percent.
Its successor, the James Webb Space Telescope, is expected to be launched next year, also will concentrate in the infrared wavelength, permitting it to peer into a few of the most bizarre, most remote recesses of the world.