NASA Puts Its 'Galaxy Hunter' Out To Pasture

Today, NASA sent a signal to decommission the Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) after 10 years of tireless work shooting the galaxy in lower Earth orbit. NASA says GALEX will float around for another 65 years before it re-enters the Earth's atmosphere and essentially self-destructs.

In honour of GALEX's retirement, here are some of its greatest works in no particular order.

Cartwheel Galaxy

Mira

M83

NGC 7293 aka Helix Nebula

Cygnus Loop Nebula

M33

Fare thee well, Galaxy Hunter. [NASA]