We bring you a selection of 10 black and white photos of Marilyn Monroe.
As the famous telescope turns 25, scientists who worked on the project choose their favourite pictures.
Chosen by: David Leckrone, former Hubble project scientist, Goddard Space Flight Center
“This image is of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field, updated in 2014 to encompass the full range of wavelengths that Hubble’s cameras can image, from the ultraviolet to the infrared. A few of the objects here, the ones with diffraction spikes, are foreground stars. Every other object is a galaxy. Some of these emitted the light we now see when the Universe was 400 million to 600 million years old, about 3-4% of its present age.”
Chosen by: Jennifer Wiseman, senior project scientist, Hubble, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
“This is one of the iconic images. You see the columns of gas that signify a region where stars have recently formed and are still forming. We have a marvellous newer image with a newer camera, which gave us a visual clue as to how young stars that have recently formed are interacting with the dense gas remaining behind.”
Chosen by: Robert O’Dell, astronomer, Vanderbilt University
“These shells expelled by dying stars are fragmenting in tight knots of condensed gas. To me that’s fascinating because it means this material going out into the interstellar medium, the material from which new generations of stars form, already has this condensation, this tantalizing possibility of being seeds for planetary formation.”
Chosen by: Edward Weiler, former Hubble chief scientist
“I’ve always been interested in the search for life in the Universe. Back in the 1800s, Laplace theorized that solar systems formed in circumstellar disks. Hubble showed that Laplace was right. It showed that the process of forming planets was extremely common.”
Chosen by: Antonella Nota, astronomer, Space Telescope Science Institute
“Stellar clusters like this one are absolutely beautiful. You see the transition from the original gas and dust cloud, the place where stars are being born, into this assembly of very young stars that are just starting in on their powerful winds.”
Chosen by: John Grunsfeld, former astronaut, NASA associate administrator for science
“The Tadpole galaxy has been disrupted by collisions and has bursts of star formation out through its tail. But behind that galaxy are thousands of other galaxies. That to me shows the power of Hubble — it’s not just what the telescope takes a picture of, it’s everything else it captures at the same time.”