25 of the most spectacular pictures ever taken by Hubble, which is 25 today

It's been 25 years since the Hubble Space Telescope was launched into orbit by the Space Shuttle.

On April 24, 1990, the shuttle carried Hubble up into space, making it the first telescope of its kind.

To celebrate, here are some of the best pictures it has taken in 25 years.

A Hubble image of a pillar of gas and dust that is being eaten away by the light from nearby stars in the Carina nebula, located 7,500 light years away
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