The cosmic postcards are back. Astronomers on Wednesday unveiled new pictures and observations from the Hubble Space Telescope. With the exception of a picture last month of the bruise on Jupiter caused by a comet, they were the first data obtained with the telescope since a crew spent 13 days in orbit last May replacing, refurbishing and rebuilding its vital components.
“This is truly Hubble’s new beginning,” Edward Weiler, the associate administrator for science at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, said at a news conference in Washington.
The event, which included Senator Barbara A. Mikulski, Democrat of Maryland, and the NASA administrator, retired Maj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden Jr., was a mix of science and celebration of the human spirit and innovation.
“I’m in awe of the human ingenuity that could conceive of such a thing and then make it happen,” said K. Megan McArthur, an astronaut who flew on the repair mission last spring
Heidi Hammel, of the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo., said, “We’re giddy with the quality of the data we’re getting.”