The Hubble Wars : Astrophysics Meets Astopolitics In The Two-billion-dollar Struggle Over The Hubble Space Telescope

The Hubble Wars : Astrophysics Meets Astopolitics In The Two-billion-dollar Struggle Over The Hubble Space Telescope

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One of the senior scientists who worked on the Hubble Telescope recounts in detail the three-way struggle between science, government, and industry that led to the malfunctioning, multibillion dollar project

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Chaisson (physics, astronomy, Tufts U.) draws on his journals during his five years as a senior scientist with the Hubble space telescope project to recreate the day-to-day controversy between scientists, government and industry leaders, and the military, over the space observatory. Chaisson probes the politics and economics of astronomy research, profiles the personalities involved in the project, and explains technological details of the telescope and its discoveries. Includes about 100 b&w and color photos. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Blackwell North Amer
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.

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One of the senior scientists who worked on the Hubble Telescope recounts, in deep human and scientific detail, the three-way struggle between science, government, and industry that led to the malfunctioning, multibillion dollar project. 25,000 first printing. $20,000 ad/promo.

Publisher: New York HarperCollins 1994
ISBN: 9780060171148
0060171146
Characteristics: 386p. : ill

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