Science loses an eye as Hubble scrapped

The most important telescope ever built, the Hubble Space Telescope, is to be abandoned.

The Hubble Telescope has revolutionised the study of astronomy since its launch in 1990.
Its striking and clear images of our universe result from the telescope’s location above the Earth’s atmosphere which otherwise serves to distort images before they reach any ground-based telescope.

The images Hubble has relayed back to Earth have determined the age of the Universe, discovered a mysterious energy which is causing all of the objects in the cosmos to accelerate away from each other and most recently, produced an image of the deepest view into deep space.