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The Hubble Space Telescope, launched in 1990, orbits around the Earth's atmosphere even today and is responsible for gathering revolutionary research from outer space. The Hubble Telescope was named after Edwin Powell Hubble, an astronomer who lived from 1889-1953. Though Hubble was an accomplished authority on astronomy and credited with developing the theory of an expanding universe, Hubble actually was not involved with the actual creation of the Hubble Telescope. The Hubble Space Telescope was an effort undertaken by two organizations, the European Space Agency and the American National Aeronautics and Space Administration who named their space telescope in Hubble's honor.