Hubble Space Telescope @ 30.5 Yrs, by Prof. Fred Walter & Hamptons Observatory & EH Library

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This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) which has not only provided us with amazing photographs of space, but has contributed a wealth of scientific data. The utility of a telescope in space was articulated by Lyman Spitzer in 1947, an idea which reached fruition with the launch of the Hubble in 1990. Within a few short years, the HST went from being a joke because of its deformed mirror to becoming an icon of the space age. Thirty years later, its has made an impressive impact on observational astronomy. Prof. Walter will put the HST in context, beginning with the question of why a telescope in space is worth all the effort. He will then give an overview of the HST, the first civilian satellite designed to be repaired and upgraded in orbit, and will conclude with the scientific legacy of the Hubble.


Frederick M. Walter has been a Professor of Astronomy at Stony Brook University since 1989. Prior to that, as a research scientist at the University of Colorado in Boulder, he was a member of the Instrument Development Team of the Goddard High Resolution Spectrograph, one of the first-generation science instruments on the HST. He has also observed with other space telescopes, including the International Ultraviolet Explorer. His research interests include galactic novae, the formation of low mass stars, stellar magnetic activity, and space weather.
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