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The Hubble Telescope is quite a piece of machinery.

Since it’s launch 25 years ago today, it’s helped scientists look back in time, determine the age of the universe and prove the existence of black holes. Needless to say, the $2.5 billion instrument is a powerful vessel of scientific discovery.

Part of what makes the Hubble so special is that it originally launched into space with an unprecedented array of tools including a 2.4-metre mirror as well as four main sensors designed to capture near infrared, ultraviolet and visible light. As a result, the images it sends back from the depths of space are truly remarkable. You’re often looking at stars and galaxies so far away that the view we get of them comes from a different time period, when the universe was first being created. This effectively allows scientists to turn back the clock.

It’s hoped that the Hubble Telescope will continue to function until 2020. Check out some of its greatest work below: