8 of the Most Important Space Discoveries

By Manish Choudhary

1. Hubble Space Telescope (1990)

Launched in 1990, Hubble showed us clear images of galaxies and celestial objects, expanding our cosmic understanding.

2. Mars Rovers (2004 onwards)

Rovers like Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity explored Mars, finding signs of water and teaching us about the planet.

3. Discovery of Exoplanets (1992 onwards)

Scientists found planets orbiting stars beyond our solar system, revealing thousands using methods like the transit technique.

4. Gravitational Waves (2015)

LIGO detected gravitational waves, confirming Einstein's theory and advancing our knowledge of spacetime ripples.

5. New Horizons Pluto Flyby (2015)

New Horizons sent the first detailed images of Pluto in 2015, challenging previous ideas and giving us insights into the outer solar system.

6. Juno Mission to Jupiter (2016)

Launched in 2016, Juno studied Jupiter's atmosphere, magnetic field, and formation, providing new data.

7. Detection of Fast Radio Bursts (2007 onwards)

Since 2007, scientists found Fast Radio Bursts, mysterious signals from distant galaxies, sparking ongoing research.

8. Event Horizon Telescope (2019)

In 2019, the Event Horizon Telescope captured the first image of a black hole in the center of the M87 galaxy.