NASA’s Space Shuttle Returns to Earth After Hubble Mission
“This mission highlights what the challenges of spaceflight can bring out in human beings,” said
“This is not the end of the story but the beginning of another chapter of discovery by Hubble,” said
Weather concerns prevented the crew from returning to NASA’s
The STS-125 mission was the 126th shuttle flight, the 30th for
Hubble has enabled a number of ground-breaking discoveries during its time in orbit. They include determining the age of the universe to be 13.7 billion years; finding that virtually all major galaxies have black holes at their center; discovering that the process of planetary formation is relatively common; detecting the first-ever organic molecule in the atmosphere of a planet orbiting another star; and providing evidence the expansion of the universe is accelerating because of an unknown force that makes up approximately 72 percent of the matter-energy content in the universe.
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