New images and spectra from a rejuvenated Hubble

Scientists rejoice in stunning portraits of space from the revamped telescope

By Ron Cowen, 18:27 PM September 9, 2009

Five grueling space walks in May ("Healing Hubble", SN Online: 5/26/09) have transformed the aging — and ailing — Hubble Space Telescope into a brand new observatory.

Images and spectra released by NASA on September 9 confirm that two new instruments and two old, revived instruments are working properly. The portraits include a penetrating infrared view inside the dusty cocoon of a Milky Way starbirthing region, a butterfly-shaped nebula surrounding a dying star and a massive cluster of galaxi...

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