Life, for ever dying to be born afresh, for ever young and eager, will presently stand upon this earth as upon a footstool, and stretch out its realm amidst the stars.
(Photographer unknown. Please let me know if you know.)
Thursday, May 14, 2009
A fond farewell...
...to the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2, otherwise known as WFPC2, otherwise known as "wiff-pik-too."
WFPC2 not only saved the Hubble after a disastrous beginning
,it went on to bring us almost all of the HST's most spectacular and memorable images:
The Spirograph Nebula
The Crab Nebula
The Hubble Deep Field
The Pillars of Creation
the Shoemaker-Levy collision with Jupiter
and finally, the last official "pretty picture" from WFPC2 - Planetary Nebula Kahoutek 4-55, located in Cygnus.