Hubble's hidden treasures
"Hubble has made over a million observations since launch, but only a small proportion are attractive images ... but the vast amount of data in the archive means that there are still many hundreds of beautiful images
scattered among the valuable, but visually unattractive, scientific data that have never been enjoyed by the public. We call these pictures Hubble’s hidden treasures
, and a few months ago, we invited the public to look through Hubble’s science archive to help us find them."
posted by dhruva
on Aug 23, 2012 -
The United States Department of Defense has generously
"decided to give NASA two telescopes as big as, and even more powerful than, the Hubble Space Telescope." They apparently had some antiquated spy satellite hardware sitting around unused and unwanted. NASA still needs to find money to outfit them with recording instruments and pay a team to manage them, which may take 8 years
posted by crayz
on Jun 4, 2012 -
" It looks as if our Milky Way will be subsumed into its giant neighbour, the Andromeda galaxy...." A (not so) little trove of images of galactic collisions has been released to mark the 18th anniversary of the Hubble telescope's launch. Gravitic Mayhem
posted by Kronos_to_Earth
on Apr 24, 2008 -
Hubble's ACS Has Died.
Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys
has apparently gone into safe mode, with little hope of return. The ACS was installed in 2002, and added amazing upgrades to Hubble's imaging capabilities. Though its lifespan was only projected at five years, scientists had hoped it would hold out longer. Though a final shuttle servicing mission is scheduled for 2008, the mission objectives plate
is already too full to consider its repair. Alas, more of those beautiful pictures (as well as extended research capabilities) will have to wait until the James Webb Space Telescope
is launched in 2013.
posted by Brak
on Jan 29, 2007 -
What are you doing for July 4th
? I just found out I'll be working
. Our spacecraft Swift
is going to be observing comet Tempel1
at the time of the Deep Impact
encounter. (Previous discussed here
on MeFi 2 years ago.) We'll probably have images
and movies first, but the first images you'll see after the encounter will likely come from either JPL
. You can't have Penn State
Oh well, at least we will have a barbecue
at work to celebrate. Our acting Mission Director during this time is a great bloke from MSSL
. It is oddly appropriate to be celebrating the Fourth
with a person from the UK
posted by Fat Guy
on Jun 29, 2005 -
is a fairly new addition to the Gawker
Media family of blogs, publishers of another personal favorite in the Gizmodo
posts articles on how to do all sorts of things better/quicker/cooler/cheaper:
In its three short weeks of life, Lifehacker has given me good tips at a shockingly high frequency. Of course, the whole thing comes full circle with their frequent Ask Metafilter Roundup
posted by mcstayinskool
on Feb 23, 2005 -
Hubble harvests 100 new planets
during a 7-day sweep of the bulge of the Milky Way.. If confirmed it would almost double the number of known planets to about 230. "I think this work has the potential to be the most significant advance in discovering extra-solar planetary systems since the first planets were discovered in the mid-1990s.
posted by stbalbach
on Jul 1, 2004 -
The Best of Hubble
Its mission will end in 2010. Four years later it will re-enter the atmosphere and burn up. Many astronomers are calling for Hubble to be refurbished
and its mission extended to 2020. Here
are some of it's best pictures.
posted by reverendX
on Dec 10, 2003 -
Breathtaking Hubble picture
of the Sombrero Galaxy (also identified as M104). The Hubble Heritage team took the original images during May and June of this year using the Advanced Camera for Surveys and multiple color filters. They then stitched 6 images together to make the final composite image.
posted by Irontom
on Oct 10, 2003 -
It's nice to know that people can still have big dreams.
This is not hallucination; these guys are very serious and very practical and their credentials suggest that they know exactly what they're doing. It's the same team which is just finishing the Very Large Telescope
project, which when complete
will be the biggest scope in the world, and will be more sensitive and get better pictures than the Hubble. Scopes #1 and #2 are now online, #3 is in engineering shakeout, and first light for #4 is coming shortly. All four scopes will work together
to generate images using interferometry.
posted by Steven Den Beste
on Jun 17, 2000 -
Speaking of retrotech, the latest group of space shuttle jockies just upgraded the Hubble
to a rockin' Intel 486 chip, replacing the apparently inadequate 386 that previously provided the brains to the wobbly eye in the sky.
posted by grant
on Dec 28, 1999 -