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ICYMI: Rubio, Senate Commemorate 25th Anniversary Of Hubble Telescope Launch

Apr 24, 2015 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. – On the 25th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope launch, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) today announced passage of his Senate resolution, S Res 149, recognizing the importance and inspiration of the Hubble Space Telescope.

S Res 149 congratulates the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on the 25th anniversary of the launch; recognizes the scientists, crew, engineers and staff who contributed to its success; notes the significance of the discoveries and contributions to science Hubble has made as well as the subsequent innovations that were derived from the data it collected; and acknowledges that the Hubble Space Telescope has captured images from – and answered questions about – space and has inspired generations of young people to go into the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and research.

Rubio also penned an op-ed celebrating Hubble’s achievements and looking forward to a new American century with the American people at the helm of discovery.

Read an excerpt below and the full op-ed here.

Hubble’s achievements only a beginning

By Marco Rubio

Florida Today

April 24, 2015

Hubble is a testament to the spirit of discovery that marked the century behind us, and a challenge for us in the century ahead. President John F. Kennedy once said of space, “[T]his is the new ocean, and I believe the United States must sail on it and be in a position second to none.” In the decades that followed, largely because of Kennedy’s vision, Americans united to sail on that ocean, and to record together some of the greatest achievements in human history.

Our own generation, standing on the shoulders of those before us, can reach farther, dare greater and explore deeper into space than anyone could have dreamed 100 years ago. From Mars to the planets beyond, from distant moons to orbiting asteroids, humanity will inch farther into the horizon that Hubble revealed, and the American flag will be planted in places untouched since the beginning of time.

In the new American Century, space will be reached by the genius of private enterprise. Government will play an important role, but the American people will be at the helm of discovery. We already see it happening. Every month reveals a new rocket launched, technology developed or idea advanced through the power of public and private partnership, and every day — perhaps every hour — brings quiet advancements that push us closer to the cosmic ocean President Kennedy once described.

The images Hubble has captured in its 25 years are many things — inspiring, humbling, even startling. But they are also a stirring call to action — a challenge to keep discovering, keep launching, keep dreaming.

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