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The space telescope: A study of NASA, science, technology, and politicsScientific, technological, economic, and political aspects of NASA efforts to orbit a large astronomical telescope are examined in a critical historical review based on extensive interviews with participants and analysis of published and unpublished sources. The scientific advantages of large space telescopes are explained; early plans for space observatories are summarized; the history of NASA and its major programs is surveyed; the redesign of the original Large Space Telescope for Shuttle deployability is discussed; the impact of the yearly funding negotiations with Congress on the development of the final Hubble Space Telescope (HST) is described; and the implications of the HST story for the future of large space science projects are explored. Drawings, photographs, a description of the HST instruments and systems, and lists of the major contractors and institutions participating in the HST program are provided.
Smith, Robert William (Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD, United States)
August 14, 2013
January 1, 1989
CONTRACT_GRANT: NSF SES-85-10336
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