April 10, 2020

Review: The Universe in a Mirror by Robert Zimmerman.

NASA is going back to visit and old friend, one more time.

As we gear up for the collective adventure of the final (?) shuttle mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope (HST),  The Universe in a Mirror: the Saga of the Hubble Space Telescope and the Visionaries Who built It by Robert Zimmerman serves as a fine look back at the history of the storied telescope, as well as a peek at where we might be headed. The tale of how Hubble came to be traces its origins back to past the dawn of the space age. Although much press, both good and bad, has been written on Hubble, much of its origin has never been told. The tale the author weaves in Universe is a fascinating look into the politics of NASA and how the telescope evolved over the periods of successive administrations. [Read more...]