NASA Hubble Space Telescope Manual


The Hubble Space Telescope (HST), which celebrates 25 years of successful operation in April 2015, is an international venture primarily between the USA and Europe. More than any other space project, Hubble has encouraged an expanding interest in popular astronomy. This manual, illustrated with a wealth of technical illustrations and imagery taken from Hubble itself, takes an in-depth look at the origins of the HST, its design, development, manufacture and assembly, how it operates, and what it has accomplished, as well as the unique ‘man-tended’ design philosophy for launch and servicing using the Shuttle.

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The origins of the HST including other observatories launched into space. Design and development of the HST including manufacture and assembly. The unique man-tended design philosophy for launch and servicing by Shuttle. Launch by Shuttle Discovery in April 1990, shortly after which faulty optics were discovered.Successful rescue mission by Shuttle Endeavour in December 1993 to fit corrective optics, followed by four more upgrade missions by Discovery, Columbia and Atlantis between 1997 and 2009.How the HST is operated from the US and Europe, and who uses it. What Hubble set out to achieve and what it has accomplished, including intriguing discoveries and theories made possible by Hubble, such as dark energy, exploding stars, the age of the universe, etc.Brief details of the successor to Hubble; the Webb Space Telescope and more advanced telescopes.Heavily illustrated with breathtaking NASA photographs.

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Weight 0.817 kg
Dimensions 27 × 21 × 1.6 cm










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