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Hubble's Cosmic Journey—Introduction (04:46)


Neil Degrasse Tyson introduces the story of the Hubble Space Telescope. Charlie Pellerin shows spectacular images from the telescope. Tyson explains the origins and first steps of the Hubble Project.

Creating the Mirror (04:00)

Much of the technical work for Hubble is contracted to the company PerkinElmer. Engineers have to create the largest, smoothest, mirror ever created and run into difficulties. Engineers from PerkinElmer and NASA discuss how the contracting process led to serious mistakes in the project.

Shuttle Program Setback (04:24)

The Space Shuttle Challenger disaster grounds the NASA shuttle fleet and makes the future of the Hubble Program uncertain. Shuttle Discovery finally carries the Hubble Space Telescope into the highest orbit a shuttle has ever achieved. Story Musgrave talks about managing the deployment of the space telescope.

Failure on a Colossal Scale (05:19)

Charlie Bolden describes the efforts to deploy the Hubble solar arrays. When the first images from Hubble reach mission control, experts realize the incorrectly polished mirror has multiple focal points and creates blurry images. Engineers speak about how the mistake happened.

Telescope in Crisis (03:47)

Chris Burrows discusses diagnosing and correcting the Hubble's optical problems. John Troeltzsch explains how the modular instrument packages on the Hubble work. Scientists devise the Corrective Optics Space Telescope Axial Replacement (COSTAR) to fix Hubble.

Deploying COSTAR (04:23)

Space Shuttle Endeavor launches on December 2, 1993 on a mission to fix the Hubble Space Telescope. Musgrave speaks about commanding the shuttle mission to capture and repair the telescope.

Remarkable Images (04:03)

Jeff Hester and Chris Burrows describe being in the room when the first post-repair images from Hubble are transmitted to Earth. Heidi Hammel talks about the Hubble images of a Comet striking Jupiter. Hester captures the world famous image of the Pillars of Creation in the Eagle Nebula.

The Pillars of Creation (04:08)

Hester and Ed Weiler consider the world's response to the images produced by the Hubble Space Telescope. Tyson speaks about the Hubble Deep Field. John Trauger speaks about the planned installation of the Hubble Wide Field Camera 3.

Servicing The HST (05:02)

Mike Griffin, NASA's new administrator, announces a mission to service the Hubble before the shuttle program is retired. John Grunsfeld speaks about the final servicing mission to Hubble.

Deep Field Images (04:15)

Tyson shares multiple Hubble images and talks about the Hubble Extreme Deep Field image. Charlie Pellerin gives context about the Hubble EDF image displayed on NASA's hyper wall. Stephen Hawking shares his thoughts about the EDF image. (Credits)

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Hubble was launched in April 1990 on board Space Shuttle Discovery. It’s release into orbit over 600km above the Earth marked the birth of one of humanity’s biggest dreams; to place a telescope into space, to gain the clearest view of the Cosmos we could hope to see.

Length: 45 minutes

Item#: BVL138028

Copyright date: ©2014

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