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NASA’s Hubble Telescope returns with space photo of colliding galaxies

The Hubble Space Telescope has returned to operational status after a mysterious problem lasting nearly a month has sent NASA scientists into a frenzy.

In a statement on Saturday, NASA said engineers had successfully upgraded the spacecraft to backup hardware, a process that began on July 15 after a computer anomaly occurred on June 13.

“I am delighted to see that Hubble’s eyes are once again on the universe, once again capturing the kind of images that have intrigued and inspired us for decades,” said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, in a statement.

The first images from the telescope after the debacle include a pair of colliding galaxies and a galaxy with unusual outstretched arms. According to NASA, most disk galaxies have an even number of spiral arms, but this one has three.

The telescope will observe globular star clusters and auroras on the giant planet Jupiter. NASA has not released any photos.

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