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The Hubble Space Telescope: 25 Years of Discovery


April 24 - 27, 2015
Location: Los Angeles, CA and Online

Join Griffith Observatory in a four-day (April 24-27) celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope. Events include presentations on the history, science, and cultural influences of Hubble and on the future space observatories that will follow Hubble. Participants include scientists, astronauts, and engineers from NASA, the Space Telescope Science Institute, Northrup Grumman, and Griffith Observatory. The Griffith Observatory livestream can be found at

April 24

Hubble at 25: A Discovery a Day
7:30 – 9:30 p.m. (streamed on Griffith ObservatoryTV)
Astronomers from NASA, Space Telescope Science Institute, and Griffith Observatory describe how the Hubble Space Telescope changed our view of the universe and our place in it. The event features:

* Dr. Ken Carpenter (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center)
* Dr. Rosa Diaz (Space Telescope Science Institute)
* Dr. Laura Danly (Griffith Observatory)
* Dr. David Reitzel (Griffith Observatory)

April 25

Ever New: Hubble Through The Years
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (streamed on Griffith ObservatoryTV)
7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
NASA astrophysicist Dr. Ken Carpenter and Northrop Grumman engineer and executive Mr. Russ Matijevich recount the challenges faced by engineers, scientists, and astronauts in their efforts to keep Hubble ever new.

Meet Astronaut Mark Vande Hei
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Meet & Greet
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. The Astronaut Life (streamed on Griffith ObservatoryTV)
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Meet & Greet

NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei comes back to Griffith Observatory to share what it is like to train for a mission to the International Space Station. Meet Col. Vande Hei and learn what it takes to be an astronaut.

April 26

Beyond Hubble: The Future of Space Astronomy
noon – 12:30 p.m.
6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
What amazing telescopes will follow Hubble? NASA and aerospace engineers have designs and dreams to take our vision even deeper into the universe and answer some of astronomy's most puzzling questions. Talk by Dr. Ken Carpenter of Goddard Space Flight Center.

Meet Astronaut Story Musgrave
1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Meet & Greet
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Servicing Hubble (streamed on Griffith ObservatoryTV)
3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Meet & Greet

In 1993, NASA astronaut Dr. Story Musgrave flew on Space Shuttle Endeavour to the Hubble Space Telescope. As Payload Commander, Dr. Musgrave helped restore Hubble's vision with the on-orbit installation of new instruments. Meet Dr. Musgrave and hear about his experiences on Hubble's first servicing mission.

The James Webb Space Telescope – The Next Great Space Observatory
4:00 p.m. – 4:50 p.m. (streamed on Griffith ObservatoryTV)

The James Webb Space Telescope will be NASA's next great space observatory. The telescope will be launched in 2018. Unlike Hubble, it will not orbit Earth. Instead it will orbit the sun in a special location about a million miles from Earth. Learn more from the engineers and scientists who are building it. The event features:

* Mr. Scott Willoughby (Northrop Grumman Corporation)
* Dr. Amy Lo (Northrop Grumman Corporation)

April 27

Hubble’s Legacy
Friends Of The Observatory Cosmic Musings Event
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (streamed on Griffith ObservatoryTV)
Astronomers and engineers involved with the Hubble Space Telescope recount Hubble's amazing story of 25 years of discovery and take a look at what comes next in space astronomy. Features:

* Dr. Ken Carpenter (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center)
* Mr. Russ Matijevich (Northrop Grumman Corporation)
* Dr. Alberto Conti (Northrop Grumman Corporation)
* Dr. Laura Danly (Griffith Observatory)

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