The Hubble Space Telescope: The Agony and the Ecstasy

June 30, 2015 | 8:00pm
Presented Online | Museum in Washington, DC
Free, Tickets Required

Professor and author, Robert Smith, explores some of the most exciting and telling episodes from Hubble's rich history, from near cancellation to servicing missions.

6:45 pm - PRE-LECTURE: Free screening of Hubble 3D in the Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater
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

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.

After the lecture, Robert Smith will be signing copies of Hubble: Imaging Space and Time.

Exploring Space lectures are suitable for ages 13 and up.   

The Exploring Space lectures are made possible by the generous support of Aerojet Rocketdyne and United Launch Alliance.

Exploring Space Lectures