In conjunction with NASA celebrations on the east coast, Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, California, will pay tribute to the Hubble Space Telescope’s 25th anniversary with events that highlight its groundbreaking achievements. Hubble was launched on April 24, 1990, aboard the space shuttle Discovery. In its quarter-century in orbit, Hubble has transformed our understanding of our solar system, our galaxy, and the universe.

All activities are free and open to the public except as noted. All times are Pacific Daylight Time.

Full list of programs and speakers:

Most programs will be streamed live on GriffithObservatoryTV:

Friday, April 24
“Hubble at 25: A Discovery a Day”
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Astronomers from NASA, Space Telescope Science Institute, and Griffith Observatory describe how the Hubble Space Telescope changed our view of the universe.

Saturday, April 25
“Ever New: Hubble Through the Years”
1:30 – 2:00 p.m.
7:00 – 7:30 p.m.
NASA and Northrop Grumman executives recount the challenges faced by engineers, scientists, and astronauts in their efforts to keep Hubble ever new.

“Meet NASA Astronaut Col. Mark Vande Hei”
2:00 – 2:45 p.m. Meet & Greet
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Meet & Greet
“From the Sea to the Stars”
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei shares what it’s like to train for a mission to the International Space Station.

Sunday, April 26
“Beyond Hubble: The Future of Space Astronomy”
12:00 noon – 12:30 p.m.
6:00 – 6:30 p.m.
NASA presents ideas on what amazing telescopes will follow Hubble.

“Meet Former NASA Astronaut Dr. Story Musgrave”
1:00 – 1:45 p.m. Meet & Greet
3:15 – 4:00 p.m. Meet & Greet
“Farm Kid to Rocket Man and Beyond: One Little Step at a Time”
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Hear about Dr. Musgrave’s experiences flying on space shuttle Endeavour in 1993 to service the Hubble Space Telescope.

“The James Webb Space Telescope: The Next Great Space Observatory”
4:00 – 4:50 p.m.
The James Webb Space Telescope will be launched in 2018 as NASA’s next great space observatory. Learn more from the Northrop Grumman engineers and scientists who are building it.

Monday, April 27
“Hubble’s Legacy” — Friends Of The Observatory Cosmic Musings Event
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Astronomers and engineers involved with the Hubble Space Telescope recount Hubble’s amazing 25 years of discovery and look at what comes next in space astronomy.
(Tickets and reservations required for this event only)

Griffith Observatory, Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon Theater
2800 East Observatory Road, Los Angeles, California 90027

Dr. Laura Danly
Curator, Griffith Observatory