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Astronomy

Hubble is back! With new stunning images

Wired Science
9 September 2009

Everyone's favorite telescope in space is doing science again. And thanks to upgrades and repairs made in May, it's taking better pictures of the universe than ever before.

At a press conference on 9 September, project scientists and Space Shuttle astronauts introduced several stunning new photographs taken with new instruments installed in May on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST).

"We couldn't be more thrilled with the quality of the images from the new Wide Field Camera 3 and repaired Advanced Camera for Surveys, and the spectra from the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph and the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph," said Keith Noll, leader of a team at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, which planned the early release observations. "The targets we've selected to showcase the telescope reveal the great range of capabilities in our newly upgraded Hubble."

"This marks a new beginning for Hubble," said Ed Weiler, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "The telescope was given an extreme makeover and now is significantly more powerful than ever, well-equipped to last into the next decade."

Article and image gallery from Wired Science
NASA Hubble website