The Hubble space telescope was on April 24th 1990 was supposed to be finished with it's mission this year. A new deal announced by NASA will push operations another three years. Hubble is able to provide clear images of galaxies and stars without having to look through the earth's atmosphere allowing for crystal clear images.
NASA is extending its contract with the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy for the agency's Hubble Space Telescope Science Operations activities at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Md., for 36 months.
Star forming pillars in the Eagle Nebula, as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope's WFPC2. The picture is composed of 32 different images from four separate cameras in this instrument. The photograph was made with light emitted by different elements in the cloud and appears as a different colour in the composite image: green for hydrogen, red for singly-ionized sulphur and blue for double-ionized oxygen atoms. Credit: NASA, Jeff Hester, and Paul Scowen (Arizona State University)
The option the agency chose to exercise has a total estimated value of $76 million and extends the period of performance through April 30, 2016.
The contractor will continue to be responsible for providing the products and services required to execute the science program and process, archive, and distribute the science data from Hubble. The contractor also will maintain and calibrate the onboard instruments; maintain the science operations ground systems; administer grants; conduct public and educational outreach; and conduct astronomical research.
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