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Happy 20th, Hubble

Flying observatory’s cosmic portraits continue to capture hearts and minds

5:17pm, March 26, 2010

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When NASA announced in 2004 that it was canceling a final mission to repair the then-ailing Hubble Space Telescope — effectively a death sentence — the agency received a letter from a 9-year-old girl who wanted to donate her lunch money to save Hubble. That letter, among countless others, exemplifies the public’s love affair with

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