‘Hubble inspires the world.’ Cosmic fireworks celebrate 25 years in orbit

Behold a stellar nursery — 20,000 light-years from Earth — in the Constellation Carina.



CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — What better way to celebrate the Hubble Space Telescope’s quarter-century in orbit than with cosmic fireworks?

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Hubble’s launch, NASA has released an image taken by the space telescope showing a brilliant breeding ground for stars. This stellar nursery is 20,000 light-years from Earth in the Constellation Carina.

NASA’s science mission chief John Grunsfeld told a crowd gathered Thursday for the unveiling at the Newseum in Washington that the fact it’s taken thousands of years for the light from these bright, young stars to reach us means “they planned really far in advance.”

Grunsfeld was among five former shuttle astronauts who flew on Hubble missions who attended the ceremony. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden also was there; he helped deliver Hubble to orbit on April 24, 1990 aboard space shuttle Discovery.

Bolden said neither he nor anyone else back then expected the space telescope to work much beyond 15 years — or accomplish so much. From its approximately 350-mile-high (565-kilometre-high) perch, Hubble has made more than 1.2 observations of more than 38,000 celestial objects.

“A quarter-century later, Hubble has fundamentally changed our human understanding of our universe and our place in it,” Bolden said

Noted Grunsfeld: “Hubble inspires the world.”

NASA expects Hubble to keep producing first-class science for at least five more years.

The observations for the anniversary picture were collected in 2013 and 2014.

Another NASA ceremony will take place Friday night at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum.

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‘Hubble inspires the world.’ Cosmic fireworks celebrate 25 years in orbit

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    I’ve read a Macleans back issue from last year that attacks Putin for Crimea and S.Ossetia. What it doesn’t state was that the other side started it in both cases. If you had a science that suggested you knew introducing a multiparty democracy would raise QofL, more so than a coup of a dictator would drop it, you might have ground to stand on. But the cdn media rigged the S.Dion election (probably a razor-thin Harper minority if CTV/Bell was honest). The American media is for sale. Ideally University graduates would elect the Senate. I had an Edmonton landlord nice enough to give me her password so I could download coal papers. She was a nursing student but had to write a Socrates or Aristotle paper. It should have been even more of the best works ever she had to study. Personally, I think much of the Bible was written by dumb people but I’ll reread Ephesians as it is about the Phoenicians (who were swept off Israel and reduced mostly to Carthage).

  2. They said some space economy is good, but trips to Alpha Centauri will risk civil war. Also the space sport described risks air pressure loss if we rush to populate space as they did. They said an advantage of Wpg?Scotland is you study your own history. Russia (an example I forwarded)? Russians would like to know about Peter the Great. You do the best you can within reason. Wpg was unique as there was no previous gvmt so can’t really be replicated.
    Progress was quagmired a bit about AI as it is classified and I have to ask the right questions and they don’t even want me google searching some stuff. At 1st we will be surveilling for supercomputers. I key is to look for supercomputing substrate R+D as present computers can’t make or are only infinitesimally likely to make AI. Looking too early will waste resources. It is okay for a secret Crown to look for AI, but it is better for the big agencies to do it at some point. It isn’t as simply as looking for some or all computers as the main risk is accidental AI but some people might try to buck the <5% odds an AI will be controllable and attempt tyranny. If a (distant future) president is elected who doesn't try to stop AI, other agencies will still have to prevent AI in the USA. Uranium is maybe the closest analogy but analogies aren't good here as something new will need to be created.

    • …apparently Winnipeg gave birth to two political parties and gave Canada our modern system (I thought Social Credit was AB roots). A direct democracy seems likely to lead to Germany 1930-ish gridlock. With more than the two platforms the USA system offers, Canada is more likely to achieve optimal gvmt.. They said the Winnipeg General Strike was a symptom of civil involvement. And in the case of Winnipeg, this was a very good thing as the population (or gvmt I forget) was already Scottish Enlightenment principled. This is where the Washington Consensus appears to have fallen badly. And maybe how the Communists took power in USSR. If the population isn’t educated/taught a certain level of human capital, democracy isn’t as good I suppose. I’ve learned one Monk created a good school/monastery. Then another Roman made 9 of them. Then Charlesmagne made to European policy. They liked Greek ideals and liberal arts. The monk’s interpretations of the search for liberal arts knowledge as being permitted by the Bible led to asceticism and freedom from the corruption of the Catholic Church. Whose corruption probably originated from building giant (beautiful) churches…
      we have to solve this stuff before we can go to the stars the Hubble sees.

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