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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic (September 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426203225
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426203220
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 11.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Hubble Space Telescope began taking spectacular photographs of the cosmos just as the Internet spread its web on Earth, granting public access to these astonishing, beautiful, and unprecedented images. So cherished were these glimpses into the universe, when NASA announced in 2004 that it would end the shuttle missions necessary to service the telescope, the protest was vehement enough to rescind the decision. This handsome volume celebrates the technological and scientific breakthroughs that have made the Hubble such a resounding success. The full, up-to-date story is told in glorious photographs and the equally sparkling commentary of Hubble experts DeVorkin and Smith. From a profile of the brilliant astronomer Edwin Hubble (1889–1953) to detailed explanations of how the spectacular photographs of such phenomena as the Orion Nebula (its portrait required 150 orbits) were taken, the authors cover the people, science, and aesthetics of the stellar Hubble era. Not only are the telescope’s contributions to science beyond quantification, DeVorkin and Smith aver, the images the Hubble has gathered have also had profound effects on our imagination and spiritual growth. --Donna Seaman

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David Devorkin is curator for history and astronomy and the space sciences at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. In his more than 30-year career, he has written over 90 articles and seven books. He lives in Maryland.

Robert Smith is professor of history and past chair of the Department of History and Classics at the University of Alberta, and formerly a staff member at the National Air and Space Museum. His books include the award-winning The Space Telescope: A Study of NASA, Science, Technology and Politics. He has closely followed Hubble’s history for 20 years.

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Customer Reviews

This is essentially a coffee table picture book.
Thomas Erickson
I bought this lovely book as a gift for my engineer husband -- he was thrilled with it.
Lynne E. Hanson
This book is absolutely wonderful for anyone remotely interested in space exploration.
Jacqueline R. Spencer

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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful By J. Flynn on October 29, 2008
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This is a picture book, beautifully done. This is not a highly technical text but mostly a collection of extraordinary photos from what is arguably the greatest achievement of the US space program. From this relatively small telescope, unhindered by the earth's atmosphere, we have an amazing array of objects that link art with science. Absolutely stunning.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Charles Bayne on November 13, 2008
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This is an incredible book showcasing the unbelievable wonders of outer space. Anyone who has looked up into the night sky will love this one. The swirling colors, brilliance, and unimaginable size will give you an awe and appreciation of the vastness and complexity of our universe. It is like looking thru the eyes of God. Each page brings a more brilliant image. Makes one feel pretty humble.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By The Nice Brit on December 9, 2008
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This book provides a very nice overview of the visual achievements of the Hubble Space Telescope. It is a pictorial book, very pleasant to peruse at one's liesure. The text is not in depth as noted by other reviewers but does provide an overview of the telescopes history, on orbit repairs, methods of obtaining obeserving time and some limited science results. Highly recommended visually but lacking a little in textual depth.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lynne E. Hanson on February 2, 2009
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I bought this lovely book as a gift for my engineer husband -- he was thrilled with it. The images are both stunning and eerie. Who knew that just outside our local astral neighborhood there were such amazing sights? In this day of high tech instant gratification it's hard to keep in mind that mysteries and miracles do exist - and it's too easy to take for granted such stellar achievements in the sciences. Pick up this book and leaf through it and that just falls away - you'll be amazed. And humbled.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John Anderson on January 11, 2009
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Absolutely glorious. Breaches all the boundaries: physical, spiritual, intellectual. Immerse yourself in it; and for the love of your children, share it with them when they are ready.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By W. Meaney on March 28, 2009
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This is a large, hardback, heavy book. It is a reference book with tons of illustrations and pictures of distant astronomic objects. It especially covers the origin of the study of astronomy and its transformation by orbiting astronomy. It concentrates on the Hubble Space Telescope, its design and the images it produces.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jane J. Carroll on January 11, 2009
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The artist and the scientist will love this exquisite book that is suitable for all ages. My thirteen-year old grandson, 46 year-old son, and I spent the day after Christmas gently turning the pages of Hubble:Imaging Space and Time, reading some of the text, and being astonished by the photographs. We could not put the book down until we were satiated by its richness.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Erickson on October 30, 2009
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Hubble Imaging Space and Time is fantastic. This is essentially a coffee table picture book. The images are fantastic. There is good description. As an amateur astronomer for 40 years I get good views with my 20 inch telescope but NOTHING can compare to the beautiful and detailed pictures in this book. A good assortment of images is offered.I go to a few star parties and give backup presentations to school kids if the clubs telescopes get clouded out and the kids cant see anything. This book will be great for showing both kids and grownups the wonders of the universe. This book is great for parents to show their kids and read desriptions. Both will love this book and hopefully want to learn more about the Universe and Astronomy.

I am so thankful for the scientists, government workers and everyone throughout the world that made the use of the Hubble possible. The Hubble is indeed a world treasure. One of mankinds technological masterpieces.
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