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Servicing the Hubble Space Telescope Paperback – Sep 22 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Specialty Press; First Edition ~1st P edition (Sept. 22 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580071384
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580071383
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 23 x 0.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,713,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Wonderful Treatment Oct. 27 2009
By Michael H. Cooper - Published on
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This book makes a wonderful new edition to any spaceflight enthusiast library. The authors Jenkins and Frank, like their previous treatments have provided a nice compact book on the most recent and last servicing mission to the space telescope. The pictures in this work are outstanding. The opening sections of the book detailing the history and developement of the HST is informative and great reading. As I stated in a prior review, I wish the authors could chronicle the remaining space shuttle flights. They do a very good job of capturing the subject matter both in easy on the eyes text and did I mention outstanding pictures. I guess one could argue that this material is available on the net. But I for one still like books, and this format which not only covers the very last mission but also the other servicing missions to the telescope, is a handy guide to truly one of the greatest achievements in engineering and manned spaceflight.
A fine addition to any space library May 6 2015
By Daryl Carpenter - Published on
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As someone who enjoys watching rockets get moved around by giant cranes, and of crap floating around in space, I enjoyed this book. It provides a brief introduction to the design and technical details of the Hubble Space Telescope, details of the first four servicing missions, and a photographic examination of each phase of the STS-125 flight. The first third of this book focuses on of Hubble's "career" up through 2009, describing it's design , development, and scientific instruments, a 12-page section of Hubble photographs, and summaries of the deployment and servicing missions. The remaining 2/3rds focus solely on STS-125, depicting crew training, vehicle and payload processing, stacking the External Tank and Solid Rocket Boosters, and the roll-out to the pad. Finally, we're treated to a series of photographs showing the launch of Atlantis, on-orbit operations, and landing at Edwards Air Force Base.

The photographs are very nicely reproduced with sharp colors, fine details, and rich blacks. Considering that there are over 300 of them, the current going price for this book is pretty reasonable. Although it doesn't provide an intimidate depiction of a single Space Shuttle mission like Jenkins' and Frank's STS-114 scrapbook did (Atlantis doesn't even get off the launch pad until page 86!), it's still a cool book for space buffs.
Informative Hubble Book with great photos Feb. 22 2014
By Tree spirit - Published on
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A thoroughly detailed book suitable for all ages, that my home-schooled six year old son will never out grow. a valuable addition to our home research library. A great supplement to the Imax movie"Hubble" that we were able to borrow from the library.