Posted in astronomy, electronic imaging and displays, engineering, Optics

It’s alive, it’s alive!

On Monday I posted a link to photos of different astronomical phenomenon published in National Geographic and by SPIE Press. Today, I bring you the one, the only: Hubble Space Telescope! *wild applause*

It takes a lickin’ but keeps on tickin’. NASA’s famous problem child (actually it just turned 18!) is back in action after being out of commission for a month due to an electric malfunction. But the little space telescope can’t be kept down, and today NASA published the proof with a fantastic photo of the smoke-rings galaxies known as Arp 147, which exist in the constellation Cetus.

Hubble is currently on its last photo assignment, and the last mission to repair and add additions to the aging space telescope has been pushed back to May of 2009, so hopefully the old guy can hold on until then. Experts say the telescope should continue to function until 2014, when it is scheduled to be replaced by the new James Webb space telescope.

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Beth Kelley is a writer and researcher with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.