The Resource The Hubble wars : astrophysics meets astropolitics in the two-billion-dollar struggle over the Hubble Space Telescope, Eric J. Chaisson

The Hubble wars : astrophysics meets astropolitics in the two-billion-dollar struggle over the Hubble Space Telescope, Eric J. Chaisson

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The Hubble wars : astrophysics meets astropolitics in the two-billion-dollar struggle over the Hubble Space Telescope
Title
The Hubble wars
Title remainder
astrophysics meets astropolitics in the two-billion-dollar struggle over the Hubble Space Telescope
Statement of responsibility
Eric J. Chaisson
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "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 the day it was launched in 1990 - and soon discovered to be semi-blind - Hubble has been at the center of a cosmic-size controversy over who was responsible for its notorious failure to function and what could be done about it." "In 1987, Eric J. Chaisson, an accomplished young astrophysicist, signed on as a senior scientist with the Hubble project. Drawing on the journals of his five-year tenure, he now re-creates the day-to-day struggle over (and often with) the infamously flawed two-billion-dollar recalcitrant beast in the sky. It's a hilarious and frightening story about a three-way war between science, government, and industry (with the military launching guerrilla attacks from the sidelines). Chaisson probes the politics and economics of astronomy and brings to life the human personalities - inside NASA, the international scientific community, and private industry - who do battle in The Hubble Wars." "Writing lucidly about the technology of the telescope itself, Chaisson lets us feel what it's like to be at the controls of the most complex and expensive gadget ever built by humans, and relates the unending tasks devised to deal with "the bird's" eccentricities. Despite its imperfect vision, Hubble is able to see some stars, and Chaisson also explains with a scientist's keen passion the many wondrous discoveries that Hubble has made possible."
  • "In December 1993, NASA launched a much-heralded mission to "fix" Hubble, and shortly thereafter declared that it would now see better than originally expected. Chaisson tests these claims against the evidence of the images produces, and assesses what Hubble means to the goals of future space exploration. With over one hundred black-and-white and full-color photographs, this is an illuminating account of the perils - and possibilities - at the heart of one of the most ambitious scientific enterprises in history, and a provocative inquiry into the place of science in space."--Jacket
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Chaisson, Eric
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
QB500.268
LC item number
.C48 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Hubble Space Telescope (Spacecraft)
  • Hubble Space Telescope (Spacecraft)
  • Ruimtevaart
  • Telescopen
  • Politieke aspecten
Label
The Hubble wars : astrophysics meets astropolitics in the two-billion-dollar struggle over the Hubble Space Telescope, Eric J. Chaisson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [369]-370) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue Launch of Space Telescope -- 1. Deployment and Early Operations -- 2. Jitters, in Space and on the Ground -- 3. Hubble's First Light -- 4. Babel Revisited -- 5. Rocky Road to the Imaging Campaign -- 6. Inaugural Science Observations -- 7. More Early Science Results -- Epilogue: Miracle on Orbit -- Afterword: The "Fix."
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xi, 386 pages
Isbn
9780060926298
Lccn
93037468
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)28965613
  • (OCoLC)ocm28965613
Label
The Hubble wars : astrophysics meets astropolitics in the two-billion-dollar struggle over the Hubble Space Telescope, Eric J. Chaisson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [369]-370) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue Launch of Space Telescope -- 1. Deployment and Early Operations -- 2. Jitters, in Space and on the Ground -- 3. Hubble's First Light -- 4. Babel Revisited -- 5. Rocky Road to the Imaging Campaign -- 6. Inaugural Science Observations -- 7. More Early Science Results -- Epilogue: Miracle on Orbit -- Afterword: The "Fix."
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xi, 386 pages
Isbn
9780060926298
Lccn
93037468
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)28965613
  • (OCoLC)ocm28965613

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