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The Hubble Space Telescope IV Conference Celebrates With Unveiling Of New Artwork
2014-03-27 08:47:33

HUBBLE Last week researchers from around the world gathered at the Accademia dei Lincei in Rome for the Science with the Hubble Space Telescope IV conference. The event celebrated the history of Hubble’s extraordinary achievements, and looked to the future at what might yet be achieved and how the James Webb Space Telescope will build on our knowledge of the Universe. As part of this celebration artist Tim Otto Roth revealed a new artwork, Heaven’s Carousel, inspired by Hubble’s work...

2013-01-08 12:21:00

BOULDER, Colo., Jan. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) aboard the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) delivered unprecedented science in 2012 including the discovery of the oldest galaxy to date. Installed by shuttle astronauts during the 2008 Servicing Mission (SM4), the WFC3 is Hubble's most technologically advanced visible spectrum instrument. In addition to WFC3, the SM4 included installation of the Ball-built Cosmic Origins...

2011-07-05 11:53:00

WASHINGTON, July 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Hubble Space Telescope crossed another milestone in its space odyssey of exploration and discovery. On Monday, July 4, the Earth-orbiting observatory logged its one millionth science observation during a search for water in an exoplanet's atmosphere 1,000 light-years away. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) "For 21 years Hubble has been the premier space science observatory, astounding us with deeply...

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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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2011-04-20 13:00:00

To celebrate the 21st anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope's deployment into space, astronomers at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore pointed Hubble's eye at an especially photogenic pair of interacting galaxies called Arp 273. "For 21 years, Hubble has profoundly changed our view of the universe, allowing us to see deep into the past while opening our eyes to the majesty and wonders around us," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said."I was privileged to pilot space...

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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...

2010-10-04 15:20:00

GREENBELT, Md., Oct. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Three employees of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. were recipients of the 2010 Robert H. Goddard Award for Science. The award was bestowed upon Matt Greenhouse, Randy Kimble and Alexander Moiseev for outstanding work in sciences at NASA Goddard. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) William R. Oegerle, Director of the Astrophysics...

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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...

2009-09-10 07:00:00

BOULDER, Colo., Sept. 10, /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Hubble Space Telescope's newest instruments built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. are demonstrating early promise for spectacular long-term results. NASA has released early observations from Hubble following installation of the Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) and Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS), revealing new details about a variety of objects including interacting galaxies, globular clusters, and giant clouds of gas between...

2009-09-09 10:44:00

New Instruments Built by Ball Aerospace Reveal Universe's Best Kept Secrets Images from new instruments on the Hubble Space Telescope, show the sharpest visible-light images of distant galaxies ever seen. Today NASA released early observations from Hubble following installation of the Wide Field Camera (WFC3) and Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS). COS and WFC3 are equipped with the most advanced detector capabilities ever flown in space. The new state-of-the-art instruments...