Reflecting on the Hubble telescope -- see the Sunday News-Times
Published 8:57 pm, Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Coming Sunday in The News-Times
Twenty years ago, Perkin-Elmer in Danbury designed the central mirror in the Hubble space telescope that was supposed to open the heavens to astronomers and scientists.
When that mirror turned out to have a small flaw that blurred Hubble's vision, the bubble of excitement was burst and fingers were pointed.
However, with a fairly simply fix installed by astronauts in 1993, the problem went away, and Hubble has far exceeded anyone's expectations.
On its 20th anniversary, The News-Times talks with the people responsible for designing and repairing the mirror. What are their reminiscences? How do they feel about the Hubble telescope today?
Be sure to read this story exclusively in the Sunday, April 18, News-Times.