posted on Jul, 2 2013 @ 01:18 PM
"In just 10 Earth years of operation, NASA’s Galactic Evolution Explorer, or GALEX, looked into more than 10 billion years of cosmic time. It saw
hundreds of millions of galaxies, and it greatly expanded our understanding of the evolution of the universe. Thanks to this incredible breadth of
work, it managed to give us some of the most stunning and important pictures of the cosmos despite being designed to see into areas of the spectrum
that normally keep photos from being pleasing to the human eye. GALEX’s ultraviolet camera produced images and datasets that are striking all on
their own, and others that could be combined with visible-spectrum images to show the shape of our universe in unprecedented detail, an accuracy no
one observer could capture.
GALEX showed us galaxies in their infant, adolescent, adult, and elderly stages. It showed us some galaxies in mid-collision, and others on the brink
of a natural death. Its ultraviolet eye also provided insight into fast-moving stars and black holes, letting scientists see a whole new slice of the
light given off by incomprehensibly awesome events, many of which occurred before the formation of the Earth itself. It’s given insight into
everything from galactic birth to the nature of dark energy."
Thought I would bring this to the attention of ATS.
edit on 2-7-2013 by andy06shake because: (no reason given)