At first, I was merely uninspired by President Bush’s plan to resend men to the moon and then on to Mars (Here are better ideas from MR readers). Now I am upset and saddened. The Hubble telescope is one of the great achievements of the recent space program, especially after the amazing in-space eyeglass repair job. Data from the Hubble have helped us to understand the universe in all its awesomeness and yet the Hubble will now die an early death because of the budget shift.
Here is Hubble’s picture of the eye of Sauron:
Just kidding about the last one, it’s MyCn18, a young planetary nebula, the glowing relic of a dying, Sun-like star.
This is the Cartwheel Galaxy, located 500 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Sculptor.
Here are two galaxies, NGC 2207, is on the left and IC 2163 on the right that are slowly colliding.
Here are more Hubble pictures.