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Handprints on Hubble: An Astronaut's Story of Invention (Lemelson Center Studies in Invention and Innovation series) by [Kathryn D. Sullivan]
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Handprints on Hubble: An Astronaut's Story of Invention (Lemelson Center Studies in Invention and Innovation series) Kindle Edition

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Perhaps the most important spacecraft ever launched in a single mission is the Hubble Space Telescope. HST has provided to humanity more knowledge of our universe than any instrument since Galileo first peered through ground glass. Astronaut Kathy Sullivan was there at the beginning of Hubble's design. As much as anyone, her handprints are on this magnificent space observatory. Now, in this fast-paced memoir, she tells us of the frustrations and triumphs of her storied career as the first American woman to walk in space and how she came to deploy the Hubble in orbit. A page-turner, Sullivan's memoir is for more than space buffs. It's for anyone who loves a good read about an adventurous life written by the person who lived it.

Homer Hickam, author of Rocket Boys/October Sky --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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"Dr. Sullivan starts out headed for the bottom of the sea. Soon, she flies us 200 miles above the sky, using her head, heart, and hands to solve problem after problem — and help us take in views that are out of this world. She does it all with her veneer of astronaut cool, of course. What an adventure — no wonder she loves it." – Bill Nye, CEO, The Planetary Society

"A wonderful tale of the most remarkable scientific instrument of our time, and the people who made it possible. This fascinating story of the Hubble Space Telescope’s visioning, development, and miraculous recovery, written by my longtime friend and two-time shuttle crewmate Dr. Kathy Sullivan, pays tribute to the unsung heroes of Hubble’s initial deployment and subsequent servicing." – Charlie Bolden, NASA Astronaut Pilot STS-31; 12th NASA Administrator

"So that’s how it all works! Kathy Sullivan’s insider knowledge and spacewalking savvy turn the nuts-and-bolts narrative of a giant piece of hardware into a daring space odyssey. From roaring rockets to tiny wrenches — as human ingenuity shaped NASA technology — it’s an intimate portrait of our magnificent Hubble eye-in-the-sky. I was, yes, riveted." – Lynn Sherr, longtime space correspondent for ABC News; author, Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space

"Perhaps the most important spacecraft ever launched in a single mission is the Hubble Space Telescope. HST has provided to humanity more knowledge of our universe than any instrument since Galileo first peered through ground glass. Astronaut Kathy Sullivan was there at the beginning of Hubble's design. As much as anyone, her handprints are on this magnificent space observatory. Now, in this fast-paced memoir, she tells us of the frustrations and triumphs of her storied career as the first American woman to walk in space and how she came to deploy the Hubble in orbit. A page-turner, Sullivan's memoir is for more than space buffs. It's for anyone who loves a good read about an adventurous life written by the person who lived it." – Homer Hickam, author of Rocket Boys/October Sky --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • Publication Date : November 5, 2019
  • File Size : 10218 KB
  • Publisher : The MIT Press (November 5, 2019)
  • ASIN : B08KZH3M3J
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  • Language: : English
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  • Print Length : 304 pages
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5.0 out of 5 stars A rare behind the scenes look at the work of astronauts
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