Archive for March, 2013
The Space Shuttle Discovery carried 252 astronauts and 31 satellites into space. One of its more famous payloads, the Hubble Space Telescope, was deployed in 1990. Discovery was in service from 1984 to until 2011. It traveled over 238,000,000 km before its retirement. Since its decommission, Discovery has been place on permanent display at the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center in Virgina.
Image credit: Ryan M. Hannahoe
Located 1,800 light-years away, the planetary nebula NGC 5189 resides in the constellation Musca. This image depicts the remains of a star in its final life stage.
Background Data Courtesy Gemini Observatory/AURA
Luminance Data Hubble Legacy Archive
R.G.B. Data acquired by: Ryan M. Hannahoe
Equipment used: 14.5″ RC Optical Systems Telescope, Bisque Paramount ME, STL11000 CCD
Location: Fair Dinkum Skies Observatory, Moorook – Australia
Image assembly: Robert Gendler
Based on observations made with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, and obtained from the Hubble Legacy Archive, which is a collaboration between the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI/NASA), the Space Telescope European Coordinating Facility (ST-ECF/ESA) and the Canadian Astronomy Data Centre (CADC/NRC/CSA).