Editor's Note: There's no reason not to keep the Hubble in operation into the forseeable future. Hopefully by the time NASA is ready to throw it away private space capability will be satisfactory for a university to other research organization to take it over.

Hubble Space Telescope Image

WASHINGTON (AP) – A refurbished Hubble Space Telescope is showing Earth the sharpest photos yet of cosmic beauty, complete with heavenly glows.

NASA on Wednesday unveiled the first deep space photos taken by Hubble since its billion dollar repair mission last spring. That work included installing two new cameras, other science instruments and replacing broken parts.

The images of galaxies and nebulas are sharper than previous photos taken of the same places by Hubble before the upgrade. Some of the colorful images have brilliant glows of light that give them halos that to some people can appear heavenly.

Earlier this summer, Hubble took pictures of Jupiter when an asteroid or comet hit it.


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