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Archive: Science Update: Hubble's 30th Anniversary, April 29, 2020

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The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) was launched into Earth orbit on 24 April 1990 by the Space Shuttle. A flaw in the primary mirror initially made it look destined to be a historic failure. Space-walking astronauts made repairs and upgrades on five missions, and the resulting flood of outstanding science results made Hubble an epic comeback story. Along with the worst-to-first drama, the striking images Hubble produced evoked awe and wonder among the public. Hubble became a household word, the gold standard in astronomy, and an icon of modern science.

The presenter, Max Mutchler, has been working on Hubble for the entire 30-year mission, and is the Principal Investigator for Hubble's 30th anniversary image which is being unveiled around the world in April.  Muthchler will share highlights of the Hubble mission, including some behind-the-scenes insight on how these amazing Hubble images are created.

In the presentation, connections between science and art are highlighted. The orchestral composition Hubble's Wonders by University of Delaware composition major Leia Sofia Mendez is showcased as an example. 

Presenter: Max Mutchler

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Below are comments from individuals who attended the seminar:

  • "This was my favorite webinar so far! The presenter just knew so much about his subject and wasn't boring at all."
  • "I listen to music while researching and preparing lessons. The music piece with the photos of Hubble history was a treat to the senses. Max was an excellent speaker helping the audience experience some of the magic of visualising the outer space. The trivia about differences/advances in cameras over the years makes all the difference and the use of infra-red cameras showing the difference in the number of stars out there was mind blowing."
  • "Was so excited to have witnessed it with over 190 viewers. Impressive coordination between the presenter and the manager of the polls and visuals. Outstanding!"
  • "The discussion of real science discoveries that came about using the Hubble Space telescope are very helpful in sharing science and inspiring others to learn more about science in the work I do."
  • "I particularly appreciated that the data part of imagery was purposefully discussed and the process was discussed. Not only the "Process of Science" but this lend to the "Process of Science Communication" as a *very* important societal aspect."

A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My Profile page in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

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