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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...

2009-09-09 10:00:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Astronomers declared NASA's Hubble Space Telescope a fully rejuvenated observatory with the release Wednesday of observations from four of its six operating science instruments. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md., unveiled the images at NASA Headquarters in Washington. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) Topping the list of new views are colorful, multi-wavelength pictures of far-flung galaxies, a densely packed star...

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2009-09-09 10:10:00

Astronomers declared NASA's Hubble Space Telescope a fully rejuvenated observatory with the release Wednesday of observations from four of its six operating science instruments. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md., unveiled the images at NASA Headquarters in Washington. Topping the list of new views are colorful, multi-wavelength pictures of far-flung galaxies, a densely packed star cluster, an eerie "pillar of creation," and a "butterfly" nebula. Hubble's suite of new instruments allows it to...

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2009-09-04 06:50:00

NASA will hold news briefings at 11 a.m. and noon EDT Wednesday, Sept. 9, to release and discuss the first images from the newly refurbished Hubble Space Telescope. NASA Television and the agency's Web site will provide live coverage of the briefings from NASA Headquarters in Washington. Space shuttle Atlantis' STS-125 mission upgraded the telescope in May with state-of-the-art science instruments, leaving it more powerful than ever and extending its life into the next decade. Charlie Bolden,...

2009-08-21 10:15:00

Hubble is getting closer to completing the calibrations for most of its instruments, and each day it draws nearer to becoming a fully functioning observatory again. In fact, in the upcoming weeks, Hubble will concentrate on making high-priority science observations and then finish the remaining instrument calibrations by early fall.The Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) still has a few checkouts to complete, but it is now taking science images on a regular basis.The Space Telescope Imaging...

2009-07-24 14:21:00

BALTIMORE, July 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has taken the sharpest visible-light picture yet of atmospheric debris from an object that collided with Jupiter on July 19. NASA scientists decided to interrupt the recently refurbished observatory's checkout and calibration to take the image of a new, expanding spot on the giant planet on July 23. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Discovered by Australian amateur astronomer Anthony...

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2009-07-24 14:35:00

The checkout and calibration of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has been interrupted to aim the recently refurbished observatory at a new expanding spot on the giant planet Jupiter. The spot, caused by the impact of a comet or an asteroid, is changing from day to day in the planet's cloud tops. For the past several days the world's largest telescopes have been trained on Jupiter. Not to miss the potentially new science in the unfolding drama 580 million kilometers away, Matt Mountain,...

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2009-07-22 07:02:34

During Servicing Mission 4, astronauts replaced many key parts "” batteries and gyroscopes, for example "” that affect the spacecraft component of the Hubble Space Telescope. Testing and calibration for the spacecraft itself is now complete, and that aspect of Hubble is in excellent shape. * Hubble is now functioning with three of its six new gyroscopes. As planned, the other three have been turned off to keep in reserve. * Hubble's new batteries are performing as expected, with...

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2009-07-13 14:12:39

The HST team continues to investigate an anomaly with the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph that caused it to suspend operations on July 6. An attempt to fully recover the instrument on July 10 was not successful. The team is collecting diagnostic information and will meet again on July 13 to review STIS status and determine the next course of action. The Advanced Camera for Surveys aboard Hubble, which suspended operations on June 24, was successfully recovered July 6 and is now...


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barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
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This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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