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Reaching for the stars: Astronomers in focus

25 years ago, in April 1990, the Hubble Telescope was launched into space and has since been sending hundreds of thousands of images back to earth. This slideshow celebrates the achievements of astronomy by looking at the men and women behind the telescopes. The portraits were taken between 1848 and 2009 and are part of the Photographs Collection.

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Tell us More about our silhouettes, photograph of Hubert Leslie, Silhouettist

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Tell us More about our Silvy sitters, photograph of Camille Silvy, photographer with boy

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