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European Space Agency's Hubble Image Contest Winners Announced
2012-08-24 15:18:17

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Winners of the European Space Agency's "Hubble's Hidden Treasures Competition" have been announced. The contest invited amateur image processors to select and process never-before-publicized images from Hubble's archives. ESA said that it had nearly 3,000 submissions, with over a thousands of these images fully processed. Ten winners were selected from the Basic Image Category and the Advanced Image Processing Category....

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2011-06-16 13:25:00

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has produced a close-up view of the galaxy Centaurus A. Hubble's out-of-this-world location and world-class Wide Field Camera 3 instrument reveal a dramatic picture of a dynamic galaxy in flux. Centaurus A, also known as NGC 5128, is well known for its dramatic dusty lanes of dark material. Hubble's observations, using its most advanced instrument, the Wide Field Camera 3, are the most detailed ever made of this galaxy. They have been combined here in a...

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2010-10-14 09:12:58

The historic Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2, developed and built by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, left JPL Wednesday morning, Oct. 13, for points east. Known informally as "The Camera That Saved Hubble," the baby-grand-piano-sized camera was on temporary loan from the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington. During its stay at JPL, the historic camera was a popular attraction for groups of school children and other visitors, including thousands of...

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2010-06-02 09:20:00

By exploiting the exquisite image quality of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and comparing two observations made ten years apart astronomers have, for the first time, managed to measure the tiny motions of several hundred young stars within the central cluster of the star-forming region NGC 3603. The team was surprised to find that the stars are moving in ways that are at odds with the current understanding of how such clusters evolve. The stars in the cluster have not "settled down" as...

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2009-11-18 08:15:00

Two key instruments from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have a new home in the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington after being returned to Earth aboard space shuttle Atlantis last May. Astronauts brought back the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2, or WFPC-2, and the Corrective Optics Space Telescope Axial Replacement, or COSTAR, after more than 15 years in space. The camera returned the iconic images that now adorn posters, album covers, the Internet, classrooms and...

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2009-05-14 15:56:19

The first of five planned U.S. spacewalks to repair and update the Hubble Space Telescope was completed Thursday with the replacement of a key Hubble camera. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said astronauts John Grunsfeld and Drew Feustel stepped into space at 8:52 a.m. EDT and ended their spacewalk at 4:12 p.m. In addition to other actions, they removed and replaced the telescope's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2. That, said NASA, will allow Hubble to capture a wider range of...

2009-05-14 08:09:55

The first of five planned U.S. spacewalks to service the Hubble Space Telescope began Thursday with the replacement of a Hubble camera. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said astronauts John Grunsfeld and Drew Feustel stepped into space at 8:52 a.m. EDT to remove and replace the telescope's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2. That, said NASA, will allow Hubble to capture a wider range of images from ultraviolet to near-infrared wavelengths. Also on Thursday's 6 1/2-hour spacewalk...

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2009-05-10 13:35:00

The Hubble community bids farewell to the soon-to-be decommissioned Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 onboard NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. In tribute to Hubble's longest-running optical camera, which was developed and built by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., a planetary nebula has been imaged as the camera's final "pretty picture." This planetary nebula is known as Kohoutek 4-55 (or K 4-55). It is one of a series of planetary nebulae that were named after their...

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2009-05-10 12:55:00

First motion is almost always a big event in the world of space exploration. Whether the first motion is of a wheel beginning to rotate or a rocket lifting off the pad, first motion means things are definitely changing. On day four of the upcoming shuttle servicing mission of the Hubble Space Telescope, there will be another such significant first motion. It will begin when a bolt that has been frozen in place for a decade and a half completes its 20th counterclockwise rotation. "When that...

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2009-05-06 07:05:00

Designed and built by JPL, the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 has been the workhorse camera on NASA's Hubble Space telescope's since it was added to the observatory in December of 1993. The camera has produced most of the stunning images that have been released by Hubble during its 15-plus years of service. Its high image resolution and quality are some of the reasons the camera became the space telescope's most requested instrument. Throughout history, humanity has been moved by the work...


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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Hourglass Nebula -- This is an image of MyCn18, a young planetary nebula located about 8,000 light-years away, taken with the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) aboard NASA's Hubble Space Telescope (HST). This Hubble image reveals the true shape of MyCn18 to be an hourglass with an intricate pattern of "etchings" in its walls. This picture has been composed from three separate images taken in the light of ionized nitrogen (represented by red), hydrogen (green), and doubly-ionized...

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