The Hubble Wars

PDF EBook by Eric Chaisson

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This book gives a very good insider's view of the early on- PDForbit days of the Hubble Space Telescope. The Hubble Wars PDF EBook Chaisson worked in the Space Telescope Science Institute and therefore was deeply involved with the day-to-day crises and triumphs that occurred as the Hubble was slowly, painfully commissioned for work. His descriptions of the strangling bureaucracy within NASA and the CYA attitude of the contractors that built the instrument are disheartening - we've fallen a long way from the envelope-pushing days of Apollo.

There were, amazingly, a few glaring factual errors about astronomy in this book but these were mostly likely introduced during typesetting rather than part of the original text as written by Chaisson, an astronomer by trade. This book was published in 1998 and much of the astronomy is dated, in large part due to the knowledge we've gained from the Hubble. The book ends with a short chapter on the first repair mission that installed corrective optics to address the worst of the many problems in the scope, and therefore none of the successes from obtained after this and other repair and update missions are mentioned. Like this book? Read online this: A Text Book on Roofs and Bridges - Part II - Graphic Statics, Hard Merchandise (Star Wars: The Bounty Hunter Wars, #3).

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