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14 Reasons to Fall in Love with Hubble this Valentine’s Day

Bring out the bubbly! Hubble is celebrating 25 years of science this April. Here's why you should be in love with Hubble, if you weren't already.

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Bring out the bubbly!

Our Hubble Space Telescope is celebrating 25 years of science this April. Here's why you should be in love with Hubble, if you weren't already.

2. Like fine wine, Hubble got better with age.

NASA, ESA, STScI, J. Hester and P. Scowen (Arizona State University) / Via

After the space telescope's last servicing mission, it's better than ever. Compare before and after pictures of the Eagle Nebula after its cameras were upgraded.

Above: Taken using Hubble’s Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2), installed in 2002.

Below: Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 replaced WFPC2 in 2009.

3. It's like us, only better.

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Hubble can see the same visible light as we do, but from distant and fainter objects, making it like an extension of ourselves. It’s like the Superman of telescopes.

4. It's a total geek.

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Its images have inspired content for video games, movies, music, etc. Hubble's the original classic.

6. It's well-travelled.

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Since its launch, Hubble has travelled more than 3 billion miles around the world. The best part is, we're expecting it to keep going strong until at least 2020.

7. It's got huge amounts of data.

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

Hubble generates about 10 Terabytes, or 10,000 Gigabytes of new data per year.

9. It's got an eye on the prize.

NASA, ESA, E. Jullo (Jet Propulsion Laboratory), P. Natarajan (Yale University), and J.-P. Kneib (Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille, CNRS, France) / Via

Hubble's observations of a special supernovae helped dark energy researchers win the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics.

11. Hubble's a hard worker.

NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) / Via

It's made more than 1 million observations since its mission began in 1990. Astronomers have used Hubble's data to publish more than 12,000 scientific papers.

12. It inspires the best in us.

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Teams of brave men and women have risked their lives going to space just to make sure Hubble's vision is 20/20 and in the best shape it can be.

13. Hubble's all about making us smarter.

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In fact, STEM education materials involving Hubble are used in all 50 States and integrated into programs of more than half of US state departments of education.

And in 2018...

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In 2018, Hubble’s successor, the James Webb Space Telescope, will look even further into space than ever before!

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