The Hubble Space Telescope has brought us some of the most breathtaking images of space and some of the most astounding research about the universe.
This spring, the Space Telescope Science Institute, the branch of NASA that is in charge of the Hubble, is celebrating the telescope's 24th year in orbit.
Hubble was built for 20 years of work, but with no more shuttle missions for repairs and delays in the launch date of its successor — the James Webb Space Telescope — what will happen to our knowledge of space?
Dr. Matt Mountain, director of the Space Telescope Science Institute, joins Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson to discuss the future and beauty of space exploration.
Mountain also discusses the best place he's ever seen stars with the naked eye, and whether he thinks we'll discover life elsewhere in the universe.
This segment aired on March 25, 2014.