Saturday, November 01, 2008

Spare parts for Hubble Space Telescope

The wonderful old crate is getting yet another repair job. Smart thinking, to have a spare computer--the Science Instrument Command and Data Handling unit (SIC&DH-- in storage since 1991.

Hubble's images are part of astronomy lovers' inner furniture now. It's easy to forget that all those gorgeous images are the product of color enchancement--in visible light the cosmos isn't nearly so colorful. But the wealth of eye candy as well as scientific knowledge has done a lot to increase the appreciation of laypeople like me for the wonders of the universe. Long may HST fly.

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