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The Hubble Space Telescope: The Agony and the Ecstasy


June 30, 2015
Location: Washington, DC, and Online

The Hubble Space Telescope is the most famous scientific instrument ever built, but its remarkable history has seen numerous ups and downs. Hubble’s operational lifetime includes the agony of its near cancellation before it ever got to the launch pad and the ecstasy of a brilliantly successful servicing mission by shuttle astronauts in 2009. In this lecture, Robert Smith, professor of the History of Science and Technology at the University of Alberta, and author of the definitive history of the Hubble Space Telescope, explores some of the most exciting and telling episodes in this rich history.

This lecture is suitable for ages 13 and up. Admission is free but tickets are required.

There will also be a live webcast.

6:30 pm - PRE-LECTURE: View a free film in the Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater or Albert Einstein Planetarium
7:30 pm - PRE-LECTURE: Meet the lecturer
8:00 pm - Lecture begins
9:00 pm - Stargazing in the Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory, weather permitting

Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater, National Air and Space Museum
Independence Ave at 6th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20560

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