Some of the payloads the Shuttles deployed have changed the way we view our Solar System like the Magellen probe launched from the Shuttle Atlantis to investigate other planets. Others however have let us look past our solar system and galaxy like the Chandra X-ray Observatory launched on the Columbia orbiter. But none has quite captured human’s curiosity and changed our understanding of the universe more than the Hubble Space Telescope. Go look at some photos Hubble has taken. What can you see? What questions do these pictures create about our universe?
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