This week at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, a Democrat from Maryland, officially unveiled striking new images taken by the completely renovated Hubble Space Telescope, including "colorful, multi-wavelength pictures of far-flung galaxies, a densely packed star cluster, an eerie 'pillar of creation,' and a 'butterfly' nebula," according to September 9 NASA press release.
Sen. Mikulski, chairwoman of the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Subcommittee that funds NASA, was a strong proponent of the funding of the mission by the crew of the Space Shuttle Atlantis last May to repair Hubble.
Currently in its full phase of science observation in a low orbit around Earth, Hubble has provided a slew of remarkable images, most notably the Hubble Deep Field, a series of images taken from a tiny section of the constellation Ursa Major that reveal a slice of almost the entire history of time after the Big Bang.
But Hubble's time is coming to and end. In 2013, NASA will launch its replacement, the James Webb Space Telescope, which will carry a mirror six times bigger than our current orbiting eye on outer space.
- View the new images taken by Hubble
- Sign a petition to add the option for US taxpayers to contribute to NASA on the IRS 1040 tax form
- See what's in the sky tonight
- Buy a beginner telescope from the Discovery Channel store ($99.00)
- Hubble's Last Stand (May 24, 2009)
- Getting Closer to the Beginning of Time (May 16, 2009)
- Strange, New Worlds (May 9, 2009)
- A Possible New World Fit for Life (April 28, 2009)
- Blast From the Past (March 28, 2009)
- Captured on Film: The Personification of Dread (March 13, 2008)
- Kepler and the Gate to the Black Forest (February 15, 2009)
- Famous 400-Year-Old Star Death Observed (December 7, 2008)
- The Final Frontier According to Ptolemy, Kennedy, Hubble and Obama (November 17, 2008)