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The Hubble Space Telescope : from concept to success

Author: David Shayler; David M Harland
Publisher: New York : Springer ; Chichester, UK : Published in association with Praxis Publishing, [2016] ©2016
Series: Springer-Praxis books in space exploration.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The highly successful Hubble Space Telescope was meant to change our view and understanding of the universe. Within weeks of its launch in 1990, however, the space community was shocked to find out that the primary mirror of the telescope was flawed. It was only the skills of scientists and engineers on the ground and the daring talents of astronauts sent to service the telescope in December 1993 that saved the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Shayler, David, 1955-
Hubble Space Telescope.
(OCoLC)907271686
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Shayler; David M Harland
ISBN: 9781493928279 1493928279
OCLC Number: 930703231
Description: 1 online resource (xxiii, 414 pages).
Contents: Part I: Birth of a Telescope --
Development of a telescope --
Man-tended Hardware --
Nuts and bolts --
systems and support --
Servicing satellites --
tools of the trade --
Troubled times --
Part II: Deployment and Recovery --
Funding the plans and program --
Simulating the servicing --
STS-31 --
The deployment mission --
STS-61 --
Service Mission 1 --
back on track --
Part III: Upgrades --
Planning new science --
STS-82 --
Service Mission 2 --
return to an old friend --
STS-103 --
Service Mission 3A --
a mission split in two --
STS-109 --
Service Mission 3B --
the other half --
Part IV: Lost Dreams and a New Hope --
A fourth mission in doubt? --
STS-125 --
Service Mission 4 --
a final farewell --
The twilight years and beyond --
NASA at its best.
Series Title: Springer-Praxis books in space exploration.
Responsibility: David J. Shayler with David M. Harland.

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The highly successful Hubble Space Telescope was meant to change our view and understanding of the universe. Within weeks of its launch in 1990, however, the space community was shocked to find out that the primary mirror of the telescope was flawed. It was only the skills of scientists and engineers on the ground and the daring talents of astronauts sent to service the telescope in December 1993 that saved the mission. For over two decades NASA had developed the capabilities to service a payload in orbit. This involved numerous studies and the creation of a ground-based infrastructure to support the challenging missions. Unique tools and EVA hardware supported the skills developed in crew training that then enabled astronauts to complete a demanding series of spacewalks. Drawing upon first hand interviews with those closely involved in the project over thirty years ago this story explains the development of the servicing mission concept and the hurdles that had to be overcome to not only launch the telescope but also to mount the first servicing mission - a mission that restored the telescope to full working order three years after its launch, saved the reputation of NASA, and truly opened a new age in understanding of our place in space. This is not just a tale of space age technology, astronauts and astronomy. It is also a story of an audacious scientific vision, and the human ingenuity and determination to overcome all obstacles to make it possible. Hubble Space Telescope: From Concept to Success is a story of an international partnership, dedicated teamwork and a perfect blend of human and robotic space operations that will inspire people of all ages. The subsequent servicing missions that enabled the telescope to continue its scientific program beyond its 25th year in orbit are described in a companion volume Enhancing Hubble's Vision: Service Missions That Expanded Our View of the Universe.

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