COVID-19 Outbreak Delay’s Hubble’s 30th Anniversary Plans.

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Hubble’s 30th Anniversary Deserves A Grand Celebration—Even If We Have to Do It Virtually… Or later.

In 24 days, Hubble’s 30th anniversary will be here. Unfortunately, there won’t be much fanfare out in public to celebrate. People won’t dance in the streets. They won’t throw a ticker-tape parade. Hell, there probably won’t even be any babies named Edwin or Hubble that day. At least in Europe. 

Okay, maybe none of the above would have happened even if we weren’t in the middle of a global pandemic. Still, when you think of all that the Hubble space telescope has given us in its thirty years of service to humanity, that level of fanfare seems appropriate. That is, if you’re a space geek, anyway. 

Sadly, however, the ESA/Hubble Public Information Office released a statement on March 29th that effectively dashed any hopes of public celebration on or near the anniversary date. 

According to the statement:

“The health and safety of visitors and organisers of Hubble 30 celebrations events remain our top priority. The original plan was to have unveiling events taking place on or shortly after the anniversary date of 24 April. ESA/Hubble is now shifting its vision to instead hold events in the coming months that are a general celebration of the Hubble Space Telescope’s splendid 30 years.”

It goes on to outline flexibility regarding the timeline of commemorative events and also encourages other forms of celebration:

“Instead of only display events, ESA/Hubble is encouraging a broad style of events and activities that celebrate Hubble in general, and its 30 years of scientific discoveries. As events become more widespread throughout the year, ESA/Hubble will also support activities in whatever way possible, including the provision of additional materials and possible on-site support, such as qualified representatives from ESA/Hubble who can speak at various events.”

What About NASA?

According to NASA’s Hubble website, the US events are delayed as well. Events planned in Pasadena and Washington D.C. now show “postponed” next to their listings. 

So Let’s Celebrate Virtually!  Here’s a Tribute to Hubble’s 30th Anniversary with a Video of Its Greatest Hits!

Here’s to ya, Hubble! Thank you so much for your service to humanity. While we’re sad to see such an amazing piece of human technology retire, we’re excited to see what its successor, the James Webb Space Telescope will do in the next thirty years!

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Brandon Humphreys

Brandon Humphreys

I'm a wizard. I write stuff and it goes from my head into yours - Magic! Apart from that, I am the Senior Editor for Space Porn, a veteran, a rock guitarist, and a teacher.

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