Hubble Rescue Mission: A Stellar Success

On the eve of the New Year, NASA scientists got the best news they'd received in a long time. Images sent back from the newly serviced Hubble Space Telescope (HST) confirmed that the world's first orbiting telescope would fulfill its mission to probe the universe with unprecedented clarity and sensitivity. "The image of galaxy M100 clearly showed that we'd fixed Hubble," says HST project scientist Ed Weiler. "Because we can see individual stars in this galaxy, we will be able to measure the Hubble constant and, thus, the age of the universe."

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