Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md., had the honor of unveiling the images of the observations from four of Hubble's six operating science instruments at NASA Headquarters in Washington.
"Topping the list of new views
are colorful, multi-wavelength pictures of far-flung galaxies, a densely packed star cluster, an eerie 'pillar of creation,' and a 'butterfly' nebula," said NASA's press release
Ed Weiler, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters said, "This marks a new beginning for Hubble. The telescope was given an extreme makeover and now is significantly more powerful than ever, well-equipped to last into the next decade."
Senator Mikulski, chairwoman of the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Subcommittee that funds NASA called Hubble "the people's telescope," saying, "it constantly rewrites the science textbooks and it has more discoveries than any other science mission."
Two new instruments, the Wide Field Camera 3 and Cosmic Origins Spectrograph were added, making the telescope more sensitive to light improving Hubble's observing efficiency significantly.
For the past three months, scientists and engineers at the Space Telescope Science Institute and Goddard have been focusing, testing, and calibrating the instruments of the Hubble but were delayed briefly July 19 to observe Jupiter in the aftermath of a collision with a suspected comet says the release.
The telescope will now be back to work full time with many observations on the agenda. There is even an ambitious plan to take the deepest ever near-infrared portrait of the universe to reveal never-before-seen infant galaxies that existed when the universe was less than 500 million years old.
The Hubble Space Telescope is an international project between NASA and the European Space Agency.