The Hubble Wars
Astrophysics Meets Astropolitics in the Two Billion Dollar Struggle Over the Hubble Space Telescope New edition
By (author) Eric J. Chaisson
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Hubble Wars by Eric J. Chaisson
Book DescriptionThe 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. 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 centre of a controversy over who was at fault for the flaw and how it should be fixed. Eric Chaisson, the 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 politcal spin. Illustrated with "before and after" full-colour pictures from the telescope and updated with a new preface. This book tells a story of scientific comedy and error.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674412552
(229mm x 152mm x 27mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 8-May-1998
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Eric J. Chaisson
Epic of Evolution, Paperback (March 2007)
Explaining discoveries and a range of advanced ideas and theories, this book provides a creative and coherent synthesis of scientific thinking on the universe's beginnings. It takes us on a tour of the seven ages of the cosmos, from the formless era of radiation through the origins of human culture.
Cosmic Evolution, Paperback (October 2002)» View all books by Eric J. Chaisson
Modern science has evolved a unified scenario of the cosmos, based on the concept of change, in which humans are connected to distant space and time. This book explores this common heritage, depicting the origin and evolution of all material structures, from quark to quasar, from microbe to mind.
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