Hubble Archive, Supernova Named in Honor of Mikulski


The NASA-funded Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore has named one of the world’s largest astronomy databases after U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), a long time champion of the Hubble and James Webb space telescopes.

The database, called the Barbara A. Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes, contains 200 terabytes of astronomical observations from 16 NASA space astronomy missions, including Hubble.

STScI, which serves as the science operations center for Hubble and its upcoming successor Webb, also announced April 5 that an exploding star Hubble spotted in January has been named Supernova Mikulski by Nobel Laureate Adam Riess and the supernova search team with which he is currently working.