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NASA releases first photos from recently refurbished Hubble Telescope

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HOUSTON, Texas. - A few months ago, scientists didn't even know if the Hubble Space Telescope would survive but after a risky repair mission, Hubble got another chance.

On Wednesday, we got our first look at some of the most stunning pictures ever captured in space.

They are our sharpest view of stunning star clusters and beauties like a butterfly Nebula.

Incredible images, crystal clear, that even show the birth of stars billions of light years away, but what may be most astonishing is that we have the pictures at all.




 

 

 

 













They are the work of the new, improved Hubble Space Telescope, NASA's 'Comeback Kid.'

The new pictures, new evidence that last May's servicing mission to the iconic space telescope worked perfectly, but it was the most complex space repair ever.

The mission once almost scrapped for good because it was so dangerous.

It took five complicated spacewalks that had plenty of curve balls, including a bolt that didn't want to budge.

"I think it's safe to say that never have so many scientists owed so much to two guys that fixed a stuck bolt," said Bob O'Connell of NASA.

The new pictures are just the beginning for the 19-year-old
telescope now expected to live another 10 years looking back into the universe's past and building toward a future that may find life on other planets.

"In this century we're going to have the capability of finding a planet that we can say has life on it," said NASA's Ed Weiler.

Scientists say Hubble's new lease on life is a first step toward that a journey promising to capture more breathtaking finds along the way.

IMAX video shot by the Hubble crew is being made into a movie which is due out sometime in the spring of 2010.

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