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Handprints on Hubble: An Astronaut's Story of Invention

Handprints on Hubble: An Astronaut's Story of Invention (Hardback)

By Sullivan, Kathryn D.

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The first American woman to walk in space recounts her experience as part of the team that launched, rescued, repaired, and maintained the Hubble Space Telescope. The Hubble Space Telescope has revolutionized our understanding of the universe. It has, among many other achievement...s, revealed thousands of galaxies in what seemed to be empty patches of sky; transformed our knowledge of black holes; found dwarf planets with moons orbiting other stars; and measured precisely how fast the universe is expanding. In Handprints on Hubble, retired astronaut Kathryn Sullivan describes her work on the NASA team that made all of this possible. Sullivan, the first American woman to walk in space, recounts how she and other astronauts, engineers, and scientists launched, rescued, repaired, and maintained Hubble, the most productive observatory ever built. Along the way, Sullivan chronicles her early life as a Sputnik Baby, her path to NASA through oceanography, and her initiation into the space program as one of thirty-five new guys. (She was also one of the first six women to join NASA's storied astronaut corps.) She describes in vivid detail what liftoff feels like inside a spacecraft (it's like being in an earthquake and a fighter jet at the same time ), shows us the view from a spacewalk, and recounts the temporary grounding of the shuttle program after the Challenger disaster. Sullivan explains that maintainability was designed into Hubble, and she describes the work of inventing the tools and processes that made on-orbit maintenance possible. Because in-flight repair and upgrade was part of the plan, NASA was able to fix a serious defect in Hubble's mirrors-leaving literal and metaphorical handprints on Hubble.
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ISBN 9780262043182
Released NZ 15 Oct 2019
Publisher MIT Press Ltd
Format Hardback
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Series Lemelson Center Studies in Invention & Innovation Series
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ISBN-13 9780262043182
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher MIT Press Ltd
Imprint MIT Press
Released 15 Oct 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Sullivan, Kathryn D.
Series Lemelson Center Studies in Invention & Innovation Series
Category Biography & Autobiography: Science, Technology & Engineering
Astronomical Charts & Atlases
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 22mm
Dewey Code 522.2919
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Women astronauts - United States, Women scientists - United States, Women scientists - United States, Sullivan, Kathy
NBS Text Autobiography: Science, Technology & Medical
ONIX Text General/trade

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