Space Exploration

Enhancing Hubble's Vision

Service Missions That Expanded Our View of the Universe

Authors: Shayler, David J., Harland, David M.

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  • Explores in detail the technical crises and triumphs that occurred after the Hubble mission was launched when multiple servicing missions were required
  • Explains how spacewalking skills and experiences gained from maintaining and upgrading Hubble had direct application to the construction of the International Space Station and help with its maintenance
  • Based on extensive first hand interviews with staff and crew over the 25 years that Hubble has been operational
  • Completes the story begun in the companion volume "The Hubble Space Telescope: From Concept to Success"
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This book tells the story of the four missions to maintain Hubble's successful operation. Between 1997 and 2009 these repaired, serviced and upgraded the instruments on the telescope to maintain its state-of-the-art capabilities. It draws on first hand interviews with those closely involved in the project. The spacewalking skills and experiences gained from maintaining and upgrading Hubble had direct application to the construction of the International Space Station and help with its maintenance. These skills can be applied to future human and robotic satellite servicing and maintenance activities as well, not only in Earth orbit but at locations deeper in space.

A companion to this book, The Hubble Space Telescope: From Concept to Success, relates the events of the Telescope’s launch in 1990 and its rough start, after a 20-year struggle to place a large optical telescope in orbit. Originally intended to operate for fifteen years, Hubble has just passed its 25th anniversary, and there is every expectation that it will survive for thirty years. Despite its early problems, the Hubble Space Telescope has become a lasting legacy of the Space Shuttle program, and indeed is a national treasure.


About the authors

Having followed spaceflight activities since 1968, David Shayler has a broad range of experience covering all aspects of human spaceflight history. In October 1982, he created Astro Info Service to focus on his space writing and research, with lectures and educational outreach activities. Early publications included the periodicals ‘Orbiter’ on the shuttle and ‘Zenit’ on Soviet activities, and a growing range of biographies on the world’s space explorers. In 1990 David co-created the Midland Spaceflight Society and acted as its chairman. His first book was published in 1987 and since then he has authored over 20 titles, including 13 titles in the Praxis Space Library between 2000 and 2009. He has contributed to titles on human spaceflight, including the three editions of “Who’s Who in Space” (MacMillan, 1998). Personal research has been conducted at NASA JSC in Houston, and at KSC in Florida, as well as at Rice and Clear Lake Universities and NARA archives in Texas. His research continues daily and new titles are under various stages of production, some of which are available via the AIS website.

David Harland studied astronomy to degree level, and pursued a career lecturing in computer science, and academic and industrial research. In 1995, David "retired" to resume his interest in space and started to write. He has over two dozen books published to date, a majority of them with Springer/Praxis and several others under contract. These days he considers himself to be an amateur hermit and a professional space historian.

Reviews

“For photograph lovers, there are pictures of astronauts servicing Hubble in space. The chapters discuss each service mission in depth … . This book will pique the interests of enthusiasts, engineers, and historians. Over 300 pages of facts come together in an easy-to-read narrative. Summing Up: Recommended. All readers.” (R. I. Saltz, Choice, Vol. 54 (4), December, 2016)

“Aimed at space buffs, this is a well-written account of the Servicing Missions, providing plenty of information about the astronauts and their in-orbit activities. ... The text includes a foreword from astronaut Dr. Steve Hawley, and an afterword from SM-4 Flight Director Charles Shaw.” (Peter Bond, The Observatory, Vol. 136 (1254), October, 2016)


Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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eBook $34.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Enhancing Hubble's Vision
Book Subtitle
Service Missions That Expanded Our View of the Universe
Authors
Series Title
Space Exploration
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-22644-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-22644-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-22643-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 333
Number of Illustrations
7 b/w illustrations, 133 illustrations in colour
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