How the Hubble Telescope opened a new window in the cosmos



FOR a brief, terrible time this year, the Hubble Space Telescope did not work, and it was not clear if it would ever get going again. Something was wrong with the electronics and even switching to the backup system didn’t work properly. This was a deeply emotional time for me and many other members of the astronomy community.

In my case, the death of this orbiting instrument is one of my worst scientific nightmares. When I saw the movie Gravity recently, I cried over the scene where high-speed space junk wiped Hubble out. I will always do it as …

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