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Hubble at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science


April 21, 2015
Location: Denver, Colo.

On April 24, 1990, the space shuttle Discovery rocketed into orbit carrying a precious payload, the Hubble Space Telescope. Soon after launch, the discovery of a flawed mirror became one of the biggest disappointments in NASA history. In 1993, a daring shuttle mission installed “eyeglasses” to correct its blurry vision—and Hubble finally lived up to its full potential. Through 2009, four more shuttle crews visited Hubble to add new instruments and to repair and renovate the spacecraft, making it arguably the most significant telescope in the history of astronomy. Hubble’s observations—from nearby bodies in our solar system to the most distant galaxies—have revolutionized our understanding of the known universe. Join our distinguished panel of scientists and engineers as they celebrate Hubble’s 25th anniversary and discuss some of the most significant discoveries made by the “crown jewel” of astronomy! 

All of the panelists have played major roles over the course of this historic mission: 

- James Crocker, vice president, Space Systems International at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, conceived the idea and led the team that developed the correction for Hubble’s flawed optics.
- Dr. James Green, professor and chair of the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences at the University of Colorado, is principle investigator of the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph, the newest instrument added to Hubble in 2009.
- Kristin Martinez, principal mechanical design engineer for Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation, designed hardware for the Advanced Camera for Surveys and the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph, two of the main science instruments currently operating onboard the telescope.
- Bruce McCandless II, retired NASA astronaut, worked to design Hubble to allow servicing by astronauts in orbit and was a crew member on the STS-31 space shuttle mission that carried the telescope into orbit in 1990.

Tickets are required. Tickets are $10 for non-members.

7-8:30 p.m.
April 21, 2015
Tickets are $10 for non-members.

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