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Saturday, 03 April 2010 23:42

Hubble: It's been quite a journey


April 2010 marks the twentieth anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope. To honor the vast accomplishments of this telescopic pioneer in space-based astronomy, NASA and Abrams Books have collaborated with the illustrated book 'Hubble: A Journey Through Space and Time.'


According to the NASA media brief NASA Releases Stunning Hubble Telescope 20th Anniversary Book, Hubble ''¦ has captured the minds and imaginations of people around the world.'

To celebrate the wonders that Hubble has provided to the world, NASA and illustrated book publisher Abrams Books have released what they call: 'a dynamic and unique collection of Hubble images and commentary.'

Within the book, which shows many of the important scientific findings of Hubble over its twenty years of exploration, NASA highlights 'Hubble's spectacular visual legacy to humanity in stunning images.'

The 11,110-kilogram (24,500-pound [of mass]) Hubble Space Telescope (HST) was launched on April 24, 1990, within the cargo bay of the space shuttle Discovery during the STS-31 mission.

Since then, it has taken almost one million images is it orbits about the Earth at about an altitude of 559 kilometers (347 miles) above Earth's surface and at a speed of approximately 7,500 meters per second (25,000 feet per second).

It began its journey into space at a liftoff time of 8:33:51 am Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on April 24.


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The images shown by NASA within the Hubble book were selected by NASA astronomers. The illustrations ''¦ show stars being born and dying; galaxies colliding and reforming; and the young universe in the throes of creation.'

U.S. astrophysicist Ed Weiler is the associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate. Weiler is also the author of the book.

The book was edited by Robert Jacobs, Dwayne Brown, J.D. Harrington, Connie Moore, and Bertram Ulrich.

Weiler states, "This book represents a sampling of 20 years of Hubble discoveries that have forever changed the view of the universe and our place within it. The new and improved Hubble will continue to have a positive impact on the world for decades with many of its greatest discoveries yet to come."

Also included within the book are commentaries from astronauts and scientists involved with the Hubble Space Telescope, both in its exploration of the universe and its repair so that it could continue that mission.

For additional information on the book 'Hubble: A Journey Through Space and Time,' please go to the Abrams Book web page that highlights the book.

The book is now available in bookstores.


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The Abrams website states, 'NASA's first book on the Hubble Space Telescope marks the 20th anniversary of one of history's most important scientific tools. Here is Hubble's great visual legacy to humanity in stunning images that are benchmarks of astronomy and photography.'

The Hubble Space Telescope was named after U.S. astronomer Edwin Powell Hubble (1889-1953).

Dr. Hubble studied the universe, helping scientists to better understand the formation and evolution of galaxies. The relationship, Hubble's law, was established based on Dr. Hubble's work.

Hubble's law states that the speed at which galaxies are receding from Earth (moving away) is proportional to their distance from us, or Recessional Velocity (V) = Hubble's constant (Ho) times distance (D).

Dr. Hubble's work in astronomy continues with the observations made by the Hubble Space Telescope. Read about it, and see it illustrated in dramatic images, all within the book "Hubble: A Journey Through Space and Time."



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