The Hubble Wars: Astrophysics Meets Astropolitics in the Two-Billion-Dollar Struggle over the Hubble Space Telescope, With a New Preface

The Hubble Wars: Astrophysics Meets Astropolitics in the Two-Billion-Dollar Struggle over the Hubble Space Telescope, With a New Preface

by Eric J. Chaisson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674412559

ISBN-13: 9780674412552

Pub. Date: 05/28/1998

Publisher: Harvard University Press

The Hubble Space Telescope is the largest, most complex, and most powerful observatory ever deployed in space, designed to allow astronomers to look far back into our own cosmic past with unprecedented clarity. Yet from its launch in 1990, when it was discovered that a flawed mirror was causing severe "myopia" and sending fuzzy images back to Earth, the HST has

Overview

The Hubble Space Telescope is the largest, most complex, and most powerful observatory ever deployed in space, designed to allow astronomers to look far back into our own cosmic past with unprecedented clarity. Yet from its launch in 1990, when it was discovered that a flawed mirror was causing severe "myopia" and sending fuzzy images back to Earth, the HST has been at the center of a controversy over who was at fault for the flaw and how it should be fixed. Now Chaisson, a former senior scientist on the HST project, tells the inside story of the much heralded mission to fix the telescope. Drawing on his journals, Chaisson recreates the day-to-day struggles of scientists, politicians, and publicists to fix the telescope and control the political spin. Illustrated with "before and after" full-color pictures from the telescope and updated with a new preface, The Hubble Wars tells an engaging tale of scientific comedy and error.

In this new edition, coming at the half-way point in the HST's planned mission of fifteen years, Chaisson has brought the Hubble story up-to-date by sorting out the spectacular from the mundane contributions the HST has made to our knowledge of the Solar System, the Milky Way Galaxy, and the distant galaxies of deep space.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674412552
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
05/28/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Preface, 1998

Preface to the Original Edition

Prologue: Launch of Space Telescope

Deployment and Early Operations

Jitters, in Space and on the Ground

Hubble's First Light

Babel Revisited

Rocky Road to the Imaging Campaign

Inaugural Science Observations

More Early Science Results

Epilogue: Miracle on Orbit

Afterword: The "Fix"

For Further Reading

Index

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