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Hubble Space Telescope; 2nd Servicing Mission, Media Reference Guide

Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space

Published by Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space, Sunnyvale, CA, 1997
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Tabbed Sections. Various paginations (approximately 130 pages. Illustrations (color). Glossary. Published for the National Astronautics and Space Administration (NASA). After a successful first mission to correct Hubble's vision in 1993, a second Servicing Mission (STS-82) was launched to the space telescope in February 1997. The goal of this 10-day operation was to enhance Hubble's scientific capabilities for discovery by conducting a number of maintenance tasks and refurbishing the existing systems. Hubble is the only telescope designed to be serviced in space by astronauts. After launch by Space Shuttle Discovery in 1990, five subsequent Space Shuttle missions repaired, upgraded, and replaced systems on the telescope, including all five of the main instruments. The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) is a space telescope that was launched into low Earth orbit in 1990 and remains in operation. Although not the first space telescope, Hubble is one of the largest and most versatile, and is well known as both a vital research tool and a public relations boon for astronomy. The HST is named after the astronomer Edwin Hubble, and is one of NASA's Great Observatories, along with the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory, the Chandra X-ray Observatory, and the Spitzer Space Telescope. With a 2.4-meter (7.9 ft) mirror, Hubble's four main instruments observe in the near ultraviolet, visible, and near infrared spectra. Hubble's orbit outside the distortion of Earth's atmosphere allows it to take extremely high-resolution images, with substantially lower background light than ground-based telescopes. Hubble has recorded some of the most detailed visible light images ever, allowing a deep view into space and time. Many Hubble observations have led to breakthroughs in astrophysics, such as accurately determining the rate of expansion of the universe. Presumed First Edition, First printing thus. Bookseller Inventory # 74310

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Title: Hubble Space Telescope; 2nd Servicing ...

Publisher: Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space, Sunnyvale, CA

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Three Ring Binder

Book Condition: Very good

Edition: 1st Edition

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