The Hubble telescope has already brought us many amazing images from space. Today the shuttle Atlantis will launch on a mission to improve and upgrade the telescope. Who knows what other pictures it could show us?
From the BBC:
Expect “shock and awe in science” from a repaired and upgraded Hubble Space Telescope.
If all goes completely to plan on Hubble Servicing Mission 4, the orbiting observatory will be reborn as the most productive telescope in history, with even greater powers to probe the Universe’s deep history and help cosmologists make sense of one of their biggest problems – “dark energy”.
Over five long days of well rehearsed but exhausting work on Hubble, the astronauts on the shuttle Atlantis have the task of installing a new panoramic camera and a latest-generation spectrograph.