Dr. Hammel at STS-125 Hubble mission pre-launch (NASA image of the day)

-Posted by D. Worth (US) | for- M. Barbay (France)


M31: Credit & Copyright: Robert Gendler ( Explanation: Andromeda is the nearest major galaxy to our own Milky Way Galaxy.

As the STS-125 mission to repair & upgrade Hubble, continues...
It is Hubble images that have brought enthusiasm to future missions... We are left with "earthly" clues of prior travel throughout the ages; as entire civilizations were built around the effects of our galaxy... A probably well suited Andromeda, and the hope if a return?

NASA team is not just repairing our eyes to the Universe...

VIDEO (below) Heidi Hammel, a Senior Research Scientist from the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado, expresses her views on the past, present, and future of the Hubble Space Telescope and its upcoming repair mission....

Presented: during the STS-125 pre-launch press conference

More about the image above (links leave site)
Our Galaxy is thought to look much like Andromeda.
Together these two galaxies dominate the Local Group of galaxies. The diffuse light from Andromeda is caused by the hundreds of billions of stars that compose it. The several distinct stars that surround Andromeda's image are actually stars in our Galaxy that are well in front of the background object. Andromeda is frequently referred to as M31 since it is the 31st object on Messier's list of diffuse sky objects... -Respectfully, the source: Robert Gendler: read more.

Again, leaving for 2 week trip to France on Sunday...

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