In this archival image, released on the 16th anniversary of, and taken by, the Hubble Space Telescope, we see the sharpest wide-angle view ever taken of the starburst galaxy Messier 82.
Photo by: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI) / Caption by:
View of Earth
Among the first group of still images downlinked by the STS-125 crew members aboard the space shuttle Atlantis was this high oblique scene looking toward the Sinai Peninsula and the Mediterranean Sea. The Red Sea is just out of frame at bottom right. Saudi Arabia is in the right foreground and Egypt's Nile River and its delta can be seen (lower left) toward the horizon. Jordan and a small portion of Israel can be seen near the top of the frame. The Gulf of Suez and the Gulf of Aqaba extend from the Red Sea toward the Mediterranean.
It may look like several astronauts working on the Hubble Space Telescope, but it's actually only two, astronauts John Grunsfeld (left) and Andrew Feustel (right), both reflected on the mirror-like surface of the telescope. All told, the crew of the Atlantis will perform five spacewalks to work on the telescope.
Here, we see an image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope of three separate solar eclipses taking place simultaneously on Jupiter.
The eclipses are a result of three of Jupiter's moons, Ganymede, Io, and Callisto (left to right). Io and Ganymede are also visible in this image, the former a white spot near Jupiter's center and the latter a blue spot near the upper right.
The launch of STS-125 on the Space Shuttle Atlantis was delayed for months. Here, in an image taken on October 20, 2008, Atlantis is rolled out of the Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, for the six-hour trip to the launch pad.
As the Space Shuttle Atlantis blasts off on May 11, the Shuttle Endeavor is seen sitting at the ready on a nearby launch pad. Endeavor was prepared for launch in case a rescue mission is necessary as the crew of Atlantis work on the Hubble Space Telescope.