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Hubble brings exotic beauties to the IYA party April 7, 2009

Posted by Sarah in pics, science, space.
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Remember when the folks at NASA gave us all the opportunity to vote for a target to observe with the Hubble Space Telescope? The winning target was the totally hot pair of interacting galaxies, Arp 274, with their cute neighbour NGC 5679, and NASA just released the image to coincide with the big 100 Hours of Astronomy events that took place last weekend. Nearly half of 140,000 voters picked Arp 274 as their preferred target (and I was one of them). APOD posted the image today too.  And it sure does look pretty.

More great news for Hubble recently was that the final servicing mission definitely looks to be going ahead as planned in May, despite the increased risk to the Shuttle and crew of a space debris impact. One of the astronauts, Mike Massimino, is twittering updates about his preparations for the mission. That’s really great, I just hope he doesn’t drop any toolboxes while he’s twittering from space. We love Twitter, but we love Hubble far more. Good luck Mike!

Image credit: NASA, ESA, M. Livio (STScI) and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

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