“That I learned even as a three year-old that I see this world that is really a mess and I learned to say, ‘This is not me. I am not the one that is messed up. It is out there.’” –Story Musgrave
It was 25 years ago this year that the Hubble Space Telescope first opened its eyes on the Universe. It wasn’t as you might’ve expected, all that impressive. For one, there were flaws in the optics of the primary mirror, and for another, the camera we installed on it was, I hate to say it, pretty lame.
But in 1993, a servicing mission was flown that not only corrected the optical flaws of the mirror, but significantly upgraded the camera. From 1993 to 2009, the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) gave us the greatest views of the Universe we’d ever seen, and literally changed our view of the Universe forever.