With Hubble's new facelift almost complete, and the successful launch of the Herschel and Planck observatories last week, a golden age of astronomy is truly under way, scientists say.
"I don't think there's any question about that. We have the largest set of assets in space for astronomers ever," said Jon Morse, NASA's Astrophysics Division Director. "It really is a golden era to be a practicing astronomer. It entices me to leave my desk job and go back to the field." Read more at Space.com.