Pillars of Creativity | Mario Livio

January 8, 2015 8:07 PM

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It is very rare that a scientific experiment not only continues to be generally productive, but to yield cutting-edge results for 25 years. Yet, this is precisely what is happening with the Hubble Space Telescope. This, by now legendary telescope, is entering its 25th year of operation in 2015. Through the creative work of many scientists and engineers, and five imaginative servicing missions by daring shuttle astronauts, Hubble has been repeatedly rejuvenated, and its results never cease to amaze.

As part of the 25th anniversary celebrations, astronomers used Hubble with its current complement of instruments, to re-observe with a higher resolution a target that had produced one of Hubble's most iconic images -- the Eagle Nebula, dubbed the "Pillars of Creation."

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