The Hubble Telescope has now gazed into deep space for 25 years, imaging galaxies, nebulas, and supernovas for a new picture of the universe and our place in it. In honour of its 25th anniversary, space historians David DeVorkin and Robert Smith team up again to tell the stories of 25 iconic moments in the illustrious telescope's career, illustrated with breath taking, never-before-seen images.
Here are the major challenges and triumphs, the key scientific findings, the brilliant scientists behind the scenes, and the public's love affair with a space telescope. Here too, selected by top science and photo editors at National Geographic, are the 25 Hubble All-Stars: awe-inspiring images of beauty and wonder – the best pictures yet – achieved thanks to this amazing space-based telescope.
And, more than anything, here is the story of how the Hubble space telescope expanded and enriched our concept of the universe we live in, to wondrous visions never before seen.
David H. DeVorkin is the co-author of National Geographic's Hubble: Imaging Space and Time. He is senior curator of history of astronomy and the space sciences. DeVorkin's major research interests are in the origins and development of modern astrophysics during the 20th century and the origins and development of the space sciences from the V-2 rocket to the present. He is the author/editor/compiler of nine books and more than 100 scholarly and popular articles.
Robert W. Smith is the co-author of National Geographic's Hubble: Imaging Space and Time. He is professor of history and director of the science, technology, and society program at the University of Alberta, Canada. His research interests are in the history of the physical sciences, astronomy, cosmology, and spaceflight in the United States. He is currently working on a project, the James Webb Space Telescope (a $5 billion project that is a joint enterprise of NASA, the European Space Agency, and the Canadian Space Agency, which will launch in 2014.
Robert P. Kirshner, Clowes Professor of Science in the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics at Harvard University, accomplished groundbreaking work on supernovas and the expansion of the universe using the Hubble Space Telescope.