A few hundred miles above Earth, there is a remarkable telescope with a crystal-clear view across the universe. For two decades, the Hubble Space Telescope has been amassing discoveries that rival those of history's greatest scientists and explorers, making it the most important and productive scientific instrument ever built.
Since its launch in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope has captured thousands of stunning images of space, revolutionized our understanding of the universe and become a global icon. To mark its 25th anniversary, National Geographic Channel tells the definitive story of NASA’s most successful science project ever, in Hubble’s Cosmic Journey, narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson.
HUBBLE’S CANVAS reveals that we live in a universe where masterpieces abound and where a powerful telescope can reveal the incredible beauty in every faint, glowing patch scattered around the sky. From its lofty perch high above Earth’s atmosphere, the Hubble Space Telescope can see both nearby and distant objects with unwavering clarity. Its images not only transmit data, but also form a direct connection between the human spirit and the most powerful forces in nature. The remarkable story of one of mankind’s most stunning scientific achievements, HUBBLE’S CANVAS provides key insights and fills our eyes with images of breathtaking beauty that will change your view of the universe forever.
In May 2009, the crew of the Space Shuttle Atlantis launched a mission to make vital repairs and upgrades to the Hubble Space Telescope, the world’s first space-based optical telescope. An IMAX camera captured stunning footage of the five intricate spacewalks required, as well as close-up images of the effort to grasp the orbiting telescope with the shuttle’s mechanical arm at 17,000 MPH – and an unexpected problem that could sabotage the entire mission.