Saturday, April 23, 2005

Cosmic Views Mark Hubble's 15th Birthday


By Alan Wagmeister

Astronomers released new pictures of some far off galaxies to celebrate the anniversary.

     Houston, Tx -- The Hubble Space Telescope has taken about 750,000 images in its 15 years in space. Now astronomers have released two more pretty pictures to celebrate the anniversary of the telescope's launch on April 24, 1990.

     The images were to be released Monday, but they were provided in advance to the media and were posted to a British Web site Friday afternoon. contacted the Space Telescope Science Institute, which operates Hubble, to verify that an embargo had been broken and that the images were now available for publication.

     While Hubble's future is uncertain, its capabilities are unquestioned as the sharp-eyed observatory continues to produce stunning photographs of faraway places.

     The new images are fresh views of two of the most famous objects previously photographed by Hubble.

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