“Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.”
—Capt. James T. Kirk of the U.S.S. Enterprise, “Star Trek” (1966)
Abell S1063, an estimated 4 billion years old: This image was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, which has been exploring the universe from an orbit around the Earth since 1990. One could say that we humans have been prepared to become awed of such momentous impressions of the final frontiers of space much earlier. perhaps since the now immortal words of Capt. James T. Kirk (first uttered by William Shatner) were broadcast in a TV show, “Star Trek” in 1966. The power of this particular mystical-like photo, the power of words and the possibility of imagination and their link to the popular sci-fi film & TV franchise is intimated by Elizabeth Howell for Space.com, who writes : “‘The newest target of Hubble’s mission is the distant galaxy cluster Abell S1063, potentially home to billions of strange new worlds,’ just like those visited by the USS Enterprise, according to a European Space Agency description. The cluster's massive gravity magnifies light from background galaxies due to an effect known as gravitational lensing.” For more, go to [Space].
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and J. Lotz (STScI)