25 Years: Stunning Photos from the Hubble Space Telescope

In the 25 years since NASA scientists sent the Hubble Space Telescope into orbit, the telescope has delivered a peek into the workings of the universe.

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Composed of gas and dust, the tip of the three-light-year-long pillar in a stellar nursery called the Carina Nebula, is located 7,500 light-years away from the Earth.
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The Orion Nebula and the proceess of star formation, from the massive, young stars that are shaping the nebula to the pillars of dense gas that may be the homes of budding stars.
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Composed of gas and dust, the tip of the three-light-year-long pillar in a stellar nursery called the Carina Nebula, is located 7,500 light-years away from the Earth.
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In this April 25, 1990 photograph, most of the giant Hubble Space Telescope can be seen as it is suspended in space by Discovery's Remote Manipulator System following the deployment of part of its solar panels and antennae.
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This image of the Messier 57, the Ring Nebula, was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.
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A three-light-year-tall pillar of gas and dust in the Carina Nebula is being eaten away by the light from nearby bright stars. Inside, infant stars fire off jets of gas that can be seen streaming from towering peaks.
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This false-color image made by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows the Carina Nebula. Outflowing winds and intense ultraviolet radiation from the large stars shape the material that is the last vestige of the giant cloud from which the stars were born.
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This image of the entire Crab Nebula was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.
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The tendrils of a dark interstellar cloud are shown here being destroyed by the passage of one of the brightest stars in the Pleiades star cluster.
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Abell 1703 is composed of over 100 different galaxies whose collective mass acts as a gravitational lens.
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The barred spiral galaxy NGC 1300 is considered to be prototypical of barred spiral galaxies.
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