In this astronomically spectacular, large-format photographic retrospective, National Geographic celebrates the impact of the Hubble Space Telescope in its 25th anniversary year. Highlighting the most eye-popping images, significant discoveries, and many ways that this telescope's visions have revolutionized our understanding of the universe, this book wil appeal to space aficionados and photography buffs alike. The Hubble Telescope has now gazed into deep space for 25 years, imaging galaxies, nebulas, and supernovas for a new picture of the universe and our place in it. In honor of its 25th anniversary, space historians David DeVorkin and Robert Smith team up again to tell the stories of 25 iconic moments in the illustrious telescope's career, illustrated with breathtaking, never-before-seen images. Here are the major challenges and triumphs, the key scientific findings, the brilliant scientists behind the scenes, and the public's love affair with a space telescope.
DAVID H. DEVORKIN is the co-author of National Geographic's Hubble: Imaging Space and Time. He is senior curator of history of astronomy and the space sciences. DeVorkin's major research interests are in the origins and development of modern astrophysics during the 20th century and the origins and development of the space sciences from the V-2 rocket to the present. He is the author/editor/compiler of nine books and more than 100 scholarly and popular articles. ROBERT W. SMITH is the co-author of National Geographic's Hubble: Imaging Space and Time. He is professor of history and director of the science, technology, and society program at the University of Alberta, Canada. His research interests are in the history of the physical sciences, astronomy, cosmology, and spaceflight in the United States. He is currently working on a project, the James Webb Space Telescope (a $5 billion project that is a joint enterprise of NASA, the European Space Agency, and the Canadian Space Agency, which will launch in 2014. ROBERT P. KIRSHNER, Clowes Professor of Science in the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics at Harvard University, accomplished groundbreaking work on supernovas and the expansion of the universe using the Hubble Space Telescope.
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