Hubble sends first images after successful repair mission

After undergoing repair, Hubble is back online and is producing images that are both clear and the most detailed we have ever seen. The mission took place in May to update the aging telescope and essentially turned the 19 year old giant into a new beast that is much more capable.

The repair mission added a new camera to the orbiting telescope. The new wide field camera 3 replaces the wide field camera 2. The new camera covers the visible spectrum and some of the near ultraviolet and infrared fields.

"With these two channels, WFC3 will achieve excellent panchromatic (full - spectrum) imaging. Stellar objects are not just in the visible spectrum, but also exist in the blue (near-UV) and red (near-IR) extremes. WFC3 was designed to study light in these regions of the spectrum better than Hubble's current capabilities."

Posted below are a few of the pictures that Hubble has sent back and they show some remarkable events occurring in Space.

1) "What resemble dainty butterfly wings are actually roiling cauldrons of gas heated to more than 36,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The gas is tearing across space at more than 600,000 miles an hour -- fast enough to travel from Earth to the moon in 24 minutes!"

2) "The image reveals a small region inside the massive globular cluster Omega Centauri, which boasts nearly 10 million stars. Globular clusters, ancient swarms of stars united by gravity, are the homesteaders of our Milky Way galaxy. The stars in Omega Centauri are between 10 billion and 12 billion years old. The cluster lies about 16,000 light-years from Earth."

3) "This image of barred spiral galaxy NGC 6217 is the first image of a celestial object taken with the newly repaired Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) aboard the Hubble Space Telescope. The camera was restored to operation during the STS-125 servicing mission in May to upgrade Hubble."

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just happy that my tax dollars are spent on such exciting stuff...This is one thing that wouldn't happen without the involvement of the federal government and our tax dollars. I wish Russians were still in the race. Would have provided more incentive and motivation.

Btw, Hubble is a cooperative project between the European Space Agency (ESA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), for those who don't know about it.

Pharos said,
**Looks at 2nd picture, starts pondering** Dude, there's gotta be more life out there.

I thought exactly the same, even more so while seeing the galaxy cluster pic (# 8 ) in NASA's Hubble website. Hard to imagine we're the only ones.

i prefer Celsius as thats what i am used to going by, the other one is just too confusing.
Rail Grinder: don't worry some day the next few generations will be able to travel to those places, the only reason we can't now is because we don't have a warp engine or a warp ship but perhaps in 2063(just under 50 years away) on april 4th we may have that capability(at that time being 80 years old if i survive that long will be amazing)

"In Star Trek chronology, Zefram Cochrane makes Earth's first warp-speed flight on Thursday, April 5, 2063. That night, Vulcan scientists, having discovered the warp signature from Cochrane's ship, make first contact with Earth." -- Wikipedia.

metallithrax said,
Have they ever imaged the moon landing sites to quiet the non-believers?


They littearly just did this with a sat they have orbiting the moon right now.....

neufuse said,
They littearly just did this with a sat they have orbiting the moon right now.....

Yeah, but you cant really see anything in those photos. How about some nice hi-res ones where people can actually see the remnants of the missions.

metallithrax said,
Yeah, but you cant really see anything in those photos. How about some nice hi-res ones where people can actually see the remnants of the missions.


I seriously doubt the focal range of the hubbel will let you take a picture of the moon in detail... it has a VERY far out range

They've taken pictures of the Apollo sites not very long ago and are due to take some more closer shots here soon I think.

They've also imaged the moon with the Hubble before. Despite what they say, it can and has taken very detailed images of the moon. Even people who have worked on Hubble say it's more than capable of imaging the moon.

NightmarE D said,
They've taken pictures of the Apollo sites not very long ago and are due to take some more closer shots here soon I think.

They've also imaged the moon with the Hubble before. Despite what they say, it can and has taken very detailed images of the moon. Even people who have worked on Hubble say it's more than capable of imaging the moon.


Imaging the moon is very different to imaging the lunar landing site. The latter requires incredibly high-resolution imaging.

Think about the state of Google Earth images, they're still not /that/ high resolution in many areas.

Jugalator said,
Who are these crazy people? :O

LoL.. You can't be serious right? Every United States Citizen pay's these taxes .. I for one and proud to pay the tax that covers these explorations.

Because we Americans for some reason are just too stubborn to get with the rest of the world and switch to the Metric system. We're unfortunately still stuck on the archaic Imperial system of units...

Suren said,
Why can't they use Celsius like everyone else? For most people Fahrenheit does not mean anything!

Hey, even Brits like our system sometimes. Can you imagine Robert Plant singing "Gonna give you every centimeter of my love"

or is it "Millimeters" in Britain

l33txp said,
LoL.. You can't be serious right? Every United States Citizen pay's these taxes .. I for one and proud to pay the tax that covers these explorations.

wow. I'm amazed at the photos as well as your ability to slaughter the English language.

Rohdekill said,
wow. I'm amazed at the photos as well as your ability to slaughter the English language.

Indeed. While we can write "and" off as a simple typo, and bring ourselves to ignore the fact that a few commas here and there would make for easier reading, the inexplicable use of an apostrophe in "pays" is, quite frankly, unforgivable. The less said about the capital C in citizen, the better.

Why should they? it's an American telescope and was put up there and is serviced by American tax payers money!! you pay for it and then you can use whatever measurement units you like :P

Rohdekill said,
wow. I'm amazed at the photos as well as your ability to slaughter the English language.

My goodness, that almost brought a tear to my eye. Did you have someone help write that sentence? It was beautiful, I commend whom ever helped you. Trying to make yourself sound more intelligent than you are is ridiculous. Now let me put this in a language you can understand better.

My goodness, duuhhhh, dat almost brought a tear t' my eye. Did you habe someone help write dat sentess, duh...uh...? It was beautiful, I commend whom ebeh helpid you. Tryigg t' make yourself sound more intelligent dan you are is ridiculous. Now let me put dis in a language you can undehstand betteh.

Shiranui said,
Indeed. While we can write "and" off as a simple typo, and bring ourselves to ignore the fact that a few commas here and there would make for easier reading, the inexplicable use of an apostrophe in "pays" is, quite frankly, unforgivable. The less said about the capital C in citizen, the better.

Wow you got me there professor. How dare I commit such a mistake and post it for all to see. I should be embarrassed that I would type such garbage.

Makes us feel pretty humble after having the notion of the size of an entire galaxy.
These pictures really look amazing, hope to see more.

This is true.

But there are plenty of nebulas and globular clusters that look moar amazing than any picture, in a big telescope with an eyepiece that you can look in to with your naked eye. Contact your local Astronomy club for more info :p

In the meantime, enjoy the billion dollar pictures. There's things to be learned even from these pictures behind the scenes.