Friday, July 24, 2009

New Pictures from Repaired Hubble!

Hubble Space Telescope image of the impact scar on Jupiter
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and H. Hammel (Space Science Institute, Boulder, Colo.), and the Jupiter Impact Team

Hubble took time out of its recovery from the repair mission to take pictures of the scar on Jupiter from the giant planet's recent collision with a comet or asteroid. The images were taken by the brand new Wide Field 3 camera and were just released. Hubble now will return to its verification and check-out phase (probably snapping occasional images of Jupiter now and then) as it prepares to return to full-time science.

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