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NASA Extends Hubble Space Telescope Science Operations Contract

NASA has exercised an option to extend the period of performance of the contract with the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy for the Hubble Space Telescope Science Operations Centre located at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore.
This action will extend the period of performance for 36 months through April 30, 2013, and it has a total estimated value of approximately $113 million.

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Galaxy History Revealed

More than 12 billion years of cosmic history are shown in this unprecedented, panoramic, full-colour view of thousands of galaxies in various stages of assembly. This image, taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, was made from mosaics taken in September and October 2009 with the newly installed Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) and in 2004 with the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS). The view covers a portion of the southern field of a large galaxy census called the Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey (GOODS), a deep-sky study by several observatories to trace the evolution of galaxies.
The final image combines a broad range of colours, from the ultraviolet, through visible light, and into the near-infrared. Such a detailed multi-colour view of the universe has never before been assembled at such a level of clarity, accuracy, and depth.

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Nasa's Hubble Space Telescope has captured its deepest view of the Universe, producing images of galaxies that have never been seen before.
The images were captured by Hubble's new Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3).

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NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has made a series of observations immediately preceding and following the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) Centaur rocket stage and shepherding spacecraft impacts at the lunar south pole, on October 9 at 7:31 and 7:35 a.m. EDT.
Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) and Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) were pointed just off the southern limb of the moon to look for a cloud of vaporised material blasted into space by the successive impacts of the rocket booster and spacecraft. The WFC3 images do not show any evidence for a temporary exosphere resulting from the impacts.

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Astronomers' Hopes High for Spectrometer
Now that the Hubble Space Telescope's new features have been declared a success, University of Arizona astronomers are "crossing our fingers" for a planned reboot of the Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS), said astronomer Glenn Schneider.
Schneider was part of a Steward Observatory-based team led by Rodger Thompson that developed and built NICMOS. The instrument was installed during the space telescope's second servicing mission on February 13, 1997.


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Astronomers' hopes high for spectrometer
Now that the Hubble Space Telescope's new features have been declared a success, University of Arizona astronomers are "crossing our fingers" for a planned reboot of the Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS), said astronomer Glenn Schneider.

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Superb vistas from reborn Hubble
Astronomers are celebrating the release of remarkable new images from the Hubble Space Telescope (HST).
They prove the mission carried out by astronauts in May to service the observatory was an outstanding success.
The latest pictures include trademark Hubble visions - from colliding galaxies to exploding stars.
Nasa says the orbiting telescope, regarded as one of the most important scientific tools ever built, should keep working until at least 2014.

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