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Take Control of the Hubble Space Telescope

By January 30, 2009

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In a first for the space agency, NASA is asking the public where the Hubble Space Telescope should look next. No, NASA cannot try to see your house from up there, but they will let you vote on one of six objects for the Hubble to study.

None of the six candidate objects have ever been observed by the Hubble and range from a distant galaxy very much like our own Milky Way, to the collision of two galaxies, to an area of space where new stars are being spawned.

The program, "Hubble's Next Discovery -- You Decide," is being conducted as part of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA), the celebration of the 400th anniversary of Galileo's first observations of the heavens. People who vote on the Hubble’s next target will also be entered in a random drawing to win one of 100 new high-resolution Hubble pictures of the winning object.

The Hubble Space Telescope is named in honor of Edwin Hubble, the pioneering astronomer credited with proving that the universe is expanding.

The deadline to vote for Hubble’s next target is March 1. The first pictures of the winning object will be released between April 2 and April 5.

Photo: Hubble Space Telescope by NASA/Getty Images

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