Hubble Photos Open New Window on Creation

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"Stunning" is the word many are using to describe the latest photos from the Hubble Space Telescope.

NASA's repairs to the telescope have opened a new window on creation.

The refurbished Hubble telescope is showing us parts of creation we could not imagine.

Thousands of star clusters more than 6 million light years from planet Earth.

"At the same time it's been doing this incredible science, it's bringing these amazing pictures down," said Commander Scott Altman, an astronaut who led the mission to repair Hubble.

"It's been taking us average people on an incredible journey to the edge of the universe, billions of light years away. It's like we are there!"

One of the most amazing Hubble photos shows a galactic kaleidoscope of 100,000 stars of different temperatures. The blue ones are hottest, the red ones are coolest.

And the beautiful image of a dying star scientists have named "the butterfly," is a collection of super-heated cosmic gases traveling through the universe at 600,000 miles per hour.

The photos are the fruits of a $1 billion NASA mission in May 2009, which sent astronauts into space to replace the cameras and lenses on the 19-year-old telescope.

"They did a total repair job," said Ed Weiler, NASA science administrator. "They fixed two instruments that haven't worked in a long time. We can think of it as a new beginning. It's not a 19 year-old telescope. It's a new telescope again."

For some, the images recall the Psalm of King David 3,000 years ago: "When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?"

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