Hubble Space Telescope's First Observations Since Being Fixed

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They may not be the brightly-coloured glimpses into space we are used to, but these new Hubble images are priceless.

They are the first observations since normal science observations were restarted on 17 July following correction of a computer anomaly aboard the spacecraft.

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope technical troubles saw observations suspended for more than a month.

Among the early targets are globular star clusters in other galaxies and aurorae on the giant planet Jupiter, in addition to a look at bizarre galaxies.

Two peculiar galaxies are part of a program led by Julianne Dalcanton of the University of Washington in Seattle, to survey oddball galaxies scattered across the sky.

This picture: ARP-MADORE0002-503 is a large spiral galaxy with unusual, extended spiral arms, at a distance of 490 million light-years. Its arms extend out to a radius of 163,000 light-years, making it three times more expansive than our Milky Way galaxy. While most disk galaxies have an even number of spiral arms, this one has three.

"I'll confess to having had a few nervous moments during Hubble's shutdown, but I also had faith in NASA's amazing engineers and technicians. Everyone is incredibly grateful, and we're excited to get back to science!" said Dalcanton.

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