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

The Hubble Telescope has returned to operational status after nearly a mysterious month-long glitch that sent NASA scientists into a frenzy.

In a statement on Saturday, NASA said engineers had successfully switched 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 the NASA statement, while most disk galaxies have an even number of spiral arms, this one had three.

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