Twenty-five years ago today the Hubble Space Telescope was deployed from the Space Shuttle Discovery. You could note the anniversary by diving into the rabbit holes of Hubble imagery, but I prefer to enjoy the tribute videos. Hubble represents the longevity of space missions (often in spite of themselves), and the persistent interest in looking as far as the electronic eye can see.
Hubble is also an excellent inspiration, as these two videos suggest. The first is “Go Hubble!,” another entry from this year’s Science Rap Academy, and uses the music of Meghan Trainor’s song “All About That Bass” to good effect.
Adam Cole, NPR’s Skunk Bear prepared his Hubble tune based on Iggy Azalea’s “Trouble” It gets into more technical detail, and discusses the problems with Hubble’s mirror that was the main focus of the first servicing mission in 1993.
The Hubble will be around for at least a few more years. Its successor, the James Webb Space Telescope, is scheduled to launch in 2018. The Hubble Space telescope stands a good chance of reaching 30.