Hubble: Imaging Space and Time

Hubble: Imaging Space and Time

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By (author) David H. DeVorkin

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  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Format: Hardback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 279mm x 305mm x 25mm | 1,656g
  • Publication date: 30 September 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Hanover, PA
  • ISBN 10: 1426203225
  • ISBN 13: 9781426203220
  • Illustrations note: 125 colour photographs
  • Sales rank: 129,041

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World authorities on the history of astronomy - David Devorkin and Robert Smith - reveal Hubble as an unparalleled engineering accomplishment that documents the solar system's workings and growth, the accelerated expansion of the universe, and even humankind's potential demise by the same kind of comet that decimated the dinosaurs millions of years ago. Inside stories reveal how the last mission to service Hubble - in October 2008 - is critical and high profile (its cancellation in 2004 cost NASA's Chief Administrator his job); how lead astronaut John Grunsfeld decided to make this dangerous mission because it is so vital to the future of Earth; how the final images from Hubble over the next few years will set the stage for the 2013 launch of the new infrared telescope, the James Webb; and, finally what will be the fate of the most famous telescope of all time.

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David Devorkin is curator for history and astronomy and the space sciences at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. In his more than 30-year career, he has written over 90 articles and seven books. He lives in Maryland. Robert Smith is professor of history and past chair of the Department of History and Classics at the University of Alberta, and formerly a staff member at the National Air and Space Museum. His books include the award-winning "The Space Telescope: A Study of NASA, Science, Technology and Politics." He has closely followed Hubble's history for 20 years.