Hubble's Space Photos Have Come A Long Way In 25 Years
It took a few months and a maintenance mission to get Hubble ready to create the high-resolution images it’s known for.By Evan Thomas | May 20, 2015
The Hubble Space Telescope is known for its dazzling images of cosmic phenomena, but it didn’t exactly start that way.
Its first ever image, captured 25 years ago today, is decidedly less exciting. This is HD96755, a part of star cluster NGC 3532, about 1,300 light years away. It underwhelmed people back then, too.
After its launch, the Hubble Space Telescope had an attached PR campaign touting it as a scientific improvement over ground-based telescopes of the time. (Video via ESA/Hubble)