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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examined in a critical historical review based on extensive interviews with participants and analysis of published and unpublished sources.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.
Document ID
19900044820
Document Type
Book
Authors
Smith, Robert William (Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD, United States)
Date Acquired
August 14, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1989
Subject Category
ASTRONOMY
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NSF SES-85-10336
CONTRACT_GRANT: NASW-3691
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
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