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Monday, July 27, 2009

Hubble Testing Halts To Capture New Image Of Jupiter

The Hubble telescope has been in test mode since an upgrade and repair mission in May, however NASA scientists brought the Hubble to life on Thursday so that they could capture a shot of Jupiter's newest scar. "Because we believe this magnitude of impact is rare, we are very fortunate to see it with Hubble," said Amy Simon-Miller of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. "Details seen in the Hubble view shows a lumpiness to the debris plume caused by turbulence in Jupiter's atmosphere." There has been a great deal of interest in Jupiter since an amateur astronomer in Australia noticed the new mark, which is speculated to have been created by a small comet or asteroid plunging into Jupiter's atmosphere and disintegrating, early Monday.

Source: CNN