NASA Hubble telescope back on with space photo of colliding galaxies

The Hubble Space Telescope has returned to operational status after a nearly monthlong mysterious glitch put NASA scientists in a frenzy.

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

“I’m thrilled to see that Hubble has its eye back on the universe, once again capturing the kind of images that have intrigued and inspired us for decades,” NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said in a statement.

The telescope’s first images after the debacle include a pair of colliding galaxies and a galaxy with unusual extended 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 aurorae on the giant planet Jupiter. NASA has not released pictures.

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