Named after the astronomer, Edwin P. Hubble, this telescope orbits Earth every 97 minutes, 360 miles (575 km) above the Earth's surface in space. The telescope was placed in orbit to take clearer pictures of objects out in space without having to shoot them through Earth's atmosphere, which distorts them. The results were amazingly clear views of the Universe, our solar system and even galaxies far away. The Hubble Telescope was launched in 1990 and has been shooting pictures ever since. It has been serviced by Space Shuttles to improve and upgrade pictures at least four times.