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Although the Hubble Space Telescope was ultimately created through a joint effort between the European Space Agency and the American National Aeronautics and Space Administration, one man had an idea that sparked the beginning. Lyman Spitzer Jr. conceived the idea of putting a telescopic observatory into outer space and made a proposal for it in 1946. Spitzer played an integral role in the design and development of the Hubble Space Telescope and continued to be involved with it long after it launched into outer space. Up until the time of this death in 1997, Spitzer contributed to the analysis of data from the Hubble Space Telescope.