Happy birthday Hubble!

Hubble telescope - Carina NebulaThe Hubble space telescope just went through its 17th birthday. Unfortunately, its future seems to be pretty much compromised since the Moon and Mars ambitions of the President of the United States of America forced NASA to reduce drastically the number of space shuttle missions: There will probably never be any other repair mission to Hubble and the space telescope will soon die of old age.

For the time being, NASA and ESA take time to celebrate the event with a huge panoramic image (29,566 x 14,321 pixels) Carina nebula, a space region of intense star creation.