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Hubble image of the Arp 147 galaxies, taken October 27, 2008.

Hubble image of Arp 147, taken October 27, 2008.  Courtesy NASA, ESA, and M. Livio (STSci).

October 31, 2008: Hubble Telescope Resumes Operation.
The Hubble Space Telescope returned to normal operation on October 27.  The service mission to replace the faulty electronics and add new instruments is expected to launch in May, 2009.  (continue)
October 20, 2008: IBEX Successfully Launched.
The IBEX satellite was successfully placed into space on October 19.  (continue)
Photograph of the supernova remnant CTA 1.

An image of the supernova remnant CTA 1, which contains a gamma-ray pulsar.  Courtesy NASA/S. Pineault, DRAO.

October 17, 2008: Pure Gamma-Ray Pulsar Found.
A spin-powered pulsar that is visible only at gamma-ray energies has been found by the Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope in a distant supernova remnant.  (continue)
October 15, 2008: IBEX Set for a Sunday Launch.
The Interplanetary Boundary Explorer is set to launch on October 19. This Earth-orbiting spacecraft will map the boundary between the solar wind and the interstellar gas.  (continue)
September 30, 2008: Hubble Failure Delays Refurbishment.
An electronic component on the Hubble Space Telescope failed on September 27, 2008, causing a delay until the beginning of 2009 in the Space Shuttle mission to refurbish the telescope. The telescope is expected to return to operation after it is reconfigured to use a backup system.  (continue)
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