McAllen, TX - On April 24, 2020, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its launch aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery. In honor of that occasion, a stunning new Hubble image of the cosmos will be released. The International Museum of Art & Science has been selected as one of a limited number of locations across the nation to unveil the Hubble 30th anniversary photo to the public.
These national unveilings are the brainchild of the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Maryland, home to Hubble’s science operations center. In late 2019 STScI put out a call for applications from museums, science centers, and other organizations interested in hosting an event to display Hubble’s 30th anniversary image. After a rigorous selection process, 74 organizations were chosen to host a public unveiling, including at least one location in all 50 states.
Members of the public are invited to tune in to view the IMAS social media channels and website for this virtual unveiling. Attendees are encouraged to use the hashtag #Hubble30 to share their experience. A special event to celebrate the Hubble Space Telescope’s 30th Anniversary will take place on Friday, July 10 at the IMAS.
The IMAS and the other unveiling locations will receive a vinyl banner featuring the 30th anniversary image and to be displayed at the IMAS in coming months. More information about the anniversary image and events can be found at https://theimasonline.org/welcome/hubble-30th/ on the IMAS website.
A full list of all the national unveilings, as well as downloadable resources and a gallery of Hubble’s most iconic images, are available at https://hubblesite.org/hubble-30th-anniversary.