Hubble Space Telescope Exhibit Coming to NYC's Intrepid Museum

Hubble Space Telescope in Orbit
Illustration showing the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope in its high orbit, 375 miles (600 kilometers) above Earth. (Image credit: European Space Agency)

This fall, the New York City home of NASA's space shuttle Enterprise will focus its attention on another big piece of space history: the Hubble Space Telescope.

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum has announced "Hubble@25," a new temporary exhibition celebrating the 25th anniversary of the launch of the orbiting observatory. The display, which is set to open to the public on October 23, is the first major exhibition to share space with Enterprise inside the Intrepid's dedicated Space Shuttle Pavilion.

"Through showcasing Hubble produced images, and original and rarely seen artifacts, including actual tools used in space to repair the telescope, Hubble@25 will introduce the public to the history of the telescope and the unparalleled scientific achievements generated by the Hubble program," Intrepid representatives announced last week. [Amazing photos from the Hubble Space Telescope]

The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City houses the space shuttle Enterprise under the pavilion on its flight deck. (Image credit:

Find out how Hubble has stayed on the cutting edge of deep-space astronomy for the past 20 years here. [See the full Hubble Space Telescope Infographic here.] (Image credit: Karl Tate, Infographics Artist)

The Hubble Space Telescope launched to space aboard space shuttle Discovery on April 24, 1990 and deployed into orbit a day later. For a quarter of a century, the observatory has served as an invaluable tool for astronomers and has captured the public's fascination through the stunning images it has returned, the cosmological discoveries it helped make, and the astronaut-led missions it took to repair and upgrade its instruments.

"The Hubble project has really revolutionized our view of how galaxies in the universe develop over billions of years, from small red dots to full-fledged spiral and elliptical galaxies and everything in between," Intrepid representatives wrote in a statement announcing Hubble@25. "This exhibit emphasizes the incredibly important idea that looking out in space is also looking back in time."

"With Hubble, we can look out to the distant universe, observe the distant past, and study the history of galaxy development," representatives with the museum added.

The Hubble@25 exhibition will feature the work of New York photographer Michael Soluri pulled from the pages of his upcoming book, "Infinite Worlds: The People and Places of Space Exploration."  The Simon & Schuster publication, which is also due out this October, employs photographs and essays to document the fifth and final space shuttle mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope.

The Intrepid, which is a converted World War II aircraft carrier berthed along a pier on the west side of Manhattan, is planning to augment the Hubble@25 exhibit with a series of public and education programs, including panels with astronauts, scientists and engineers who have contributed to the space telescope's history.

"The Hubble anniversary story is best told at the Intrepid," the museum's representatives said, citing their facility as the only museum in the northeast United States that hosts one of NASA's retired orbiters and which "has been dedicated to communicating space science to local, national and international visitors and students for over 30 years."

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Robert Pearlman is a space historian, journalist and the founder and editor of, an online publication and community devoted to space history with a particular focus on how and where space exploration intersects with pop culture. Pearlman is also a contributing writer for and co-author of "Space Stations: The Art, Science, and Reality of Working in Space” published by Smithsonian Books in 2018. He previously developed online content for the National Space Society and Apollo 11 moonwalker Buzz Aldrin, helped establish the space tourism company Space Adventures and currently serves on the History Committee of the American Astronautical Society, the advisory committee for The Mars Generation and leadership board of For All Moonkind. In 2009, he was inducted into the U.S. Space Camp Hall of Fame in Huntsville, Alabama. In 2021, he was honored by the American Astronautical Society with the Ordway Award for Sustained Excellence in Spaceflight History.