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Since its deployment into space in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope has made several significant discoveries about the universe:
• The Hubble Space Telescope has captured the birth and death of stars, assisting scientists in understanding the process of how stars come into being as well as what circumstances lead to a star's death.
• Prior to the use of the Hubble Space Telescope, scientists were not certain what the origin of gamma rays, which are intense fiery galactic bursts occurring in our galaxy was. Now, the Hubble has shown that gamma rays start from distant galaxies.
• During the early 1990's, the Hubble Space Telescope discovered proof of the existence of black holes, which reside through the core of most galaxies.
• The Hubble Space Telescope gathered information allowing scientists to determine the universe is continually expanding at a very rapid rate. In 1999, the Hubble completed an eight-year study determining the expansion rate of the universe.