A composite image of the first four images taken by Hubble Space Telescope's new Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS).
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Hubble's New Look
News story originally written on May 1, 2002
The pictures released by Hubble Space Telescope's
new Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) are nothing but FAR OUT! This new camera was installed on Hubble during a servicing mission in March 2002
. As can be seen by these spectacular images, the camera is working wonderfully!
Four ACS images of the universe were released yesterday. The first is a colliding galaxy fondly named the Tadpole. Tadpole is 420 million light-years away. The "tail" that you see is actually a line of stars!
Another image shows the collision of two spiral galaxies. These two galaxies are known as the Mice. A third image shows the cold dust and gas of the Cone Nebula. Finally, you can see the Omega Nebula, which is a hotbed for new star and planet formation.
"Today marks the beginning of a new era of exploration with
Hubble," said Dr. Ed Weiler, Associate Administrator for
Space Science at NASA Headquarters, Washington. "Our team of
scientists and engineers on the ground and the astronauts in
space once again did the impossible. After 12 years in space,
Hubble not only was given a major overhaul, its new camera
has already shown us that, even after 12 years of great
science and astounding images, we haven't seen anything yet."
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