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 Apr 30, 2002 :: First Pictures taken by new ACS camera released
A press briefing was held at NASA headquarters where officials and scientists unveiled the frist images taken since the SM3B upgrades. The ACS camera exceeded expecations in the quality and speed with which it obtained the following images. Click here for more details.

Cone Nebula The Cone Nebula (NGC 2264)
Resembling a nightmarish beast rearing its head from a crimson sea, this monstrous object is actually an innocuous pillar of gas and dust. The Cone Nebula resides 2,500 light-years away in the constellation Monoceros in a turbulent star-forming region.
Tadpole Galaxy The Tadpole Galaxy (UGC 10214)
The tadpole galaxy received its distorted form by a collison with antoher small hit-and-run galaxy whose gravitational pull created the long tail of debris, consisting of stars and gas that stretch out more than 280,000 light-years. The Tadpole resides about 420 million light-years away in the constellation Draco.
Omega Nebula Center region of the Omega Nebula (M17)
A hotbed of newly born stars wrapped in colorful blankets of glowing gas and cradled in an enormous cold, dark hydrogen cloud. The region of the nebula shown in this photograph is about 3,500 times wider than our solar system. The nebula, resides 5,500 light-years away in the constellation Sagittarius.
Mice Galaxies The Mice Galaxies (NGC 4676)
The colliding galaxies have been nicknamed "the Mice" because of the long tails of stars and gas emanating from each galaxy. Otherwise known as NGC 4676, the pair will eventually merge into a single giant galaxy. This celestial dance was found 300 million light-years away in the constellation Coma Berenices.
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