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Handprints on Hubble : an astronaut's story of invention

by Sullivan, Kathy, 1951-

Format: Print Book 2019
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The first American woman to walk in space recounts her experience as part of the team that launched, rescued, repaired, and maintained the Hubble Space Telescope.

The Hubble Space Telescope has revolutionized our understanding of the universe. It has, among many other achievements, revealed thousands of galaxies in what seemed to be empty patches of sky; transformed our knowledge of black holes; found dwarf planets with moons orbiting other stars; and measured precisely how fast the universe is expanding. In Handprints on Hubble , retired astronaut Kathryn Sullivan describes her work on the NASA team that made all of this possible. Sullivan, the first American woman to walk in space, recounts how she and other astronauts, engineers, and scientists launched, rescued, repaired, and maintained Hubble, the most productive observatory ever built.

Along the way, Sullivan chronicles her early life as a "Sputnik Baby," her path to NASA through oceanography, and her initiation into the space program as one of "thirty-five new guys." (She was also one of the first six women to join NASA's storied astronaut corps.) She describes in vivid detail what liftoff feels like inside a spacecraft (it's like "being in an earthquake and a fighter jet at the same time"), shows us the view from a spacewalk, and recounts the temporary grounding of the shuttle program after the Challenger disaster.
Sullivan explains that "maintainability" was designed into Hubble, and she describes the work of inventing the tools and processes that made on-orbit maintenance possible. Because in-flight repair and upgrade was part of the plan, NASA was able to fix a serious defect in Hubble's mirrors--leaving literal and metaphorical "handprints on Hubble."

Handprints on Hubble was published with the support of the MIT Press Fund for Diverse Voices.

Sputnik baby
Thirty-five new guys
"It shall be maintainable"
Mission prep
Returning to flight
A new star in the sky
Rescue and renovation.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Sullivan, the first female astronaut to do a space walk, debuts with an accessible and fascinating memoir of her experiences as a pioneering scientist, highlighted by her work on the Hubble space telescope. Beginning with joining NASA in 1978, as part of the first new batch of astronauts in nine years, she takes readers through a career arc that culminated in joining the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as under-secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere. She focuses on her time at NASA, where she was part of a team responsible for the maintenance and repairs of Hubble, and involved in its launch. As Sullivan describes, with just the right amount of detail, painstaking preparations were required before Hubble launched--and even afterwards, a minuscule error imperiled the multibillion-dollar project, requiring an in-space repair mission. Sullivan is the perfect narrator to explain the underpinnings of the ambitious project and why it proved worthwhile--namely, that the images it captured greatly expanded humanity's understanding of the birth of stars, the rate of the universe's expansion, and other cosmic phenomena. Sullivan's fine volume shines a light on the nuts-and-bolts tasks that make extraordinary endeavors possible. (Nov.)"
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Additional Information
Series Lemelson Center studies in invention and innovation.
Subjects Sullivan, Kathy, -- 1951-
Hubble Space Telescope (Spacecraft)
Women astronauts -- United States -- Biography.
Women scientists -- United States -- Biography.
Publisher Cambridge, Massachusetts :2019
Language English
Description xv, 281 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 9780262043182
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