Enhancing Hubble's Vision

Service Missions That Expanded Our View of the Universe

  • David J. Shayler
  • David M. Harland

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Also part of the Space Exploration book sub series (SPACEE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. David J. Shayler, David M. Harland
    Pages 1-47
  3. David J. Shayler, David M. Harland
    Pages 48-102
  4. David J. Shayler, David M. Harland
    Pages 103-148
  5. David J. Shayler, David M. Harland
    Pages 149-209
  6. David J. Shayler, David M. Harland
    Pages 210-248
  7. David J. Shayler, David M. Harland
    Pages 249-282
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 283-333

About this book


After a 20-year struggle to place a large, sophisticated optical telescope in orbit the Hubble Space Telescope was finally launched in 1990, though its primary mirror was soon found to be flawed. A dramatic mission in 1993 installed corrective optics so that the intended science program could finally begin. Those events are related in a companion to this book, The Hubble Space Telescope: From Concept to Success.


Enhancing Hubble’s Vision: Service Missions That Expanded Our View of the Universe tells the story of the four missions between 1997 and 2009 that repaired, serviced and upgraded the instruments on the telescope to maintain its state-of-the-art capabilities. It draws on first hand interviews with those closely involved in the project. The spacewalking skills and experiences gained from maintaining and upgrading Hubble had direct application to the construction of the International Space Station and help with its maintenance. These skills can be applied to future human and robotic satellite servicing and maintenance activities as well, not only in Earth orbit but at locations deeper in space.


Originally intended to operate for fifteen years, Hubble has just passed its 25th anniversary, and there is every expectation that it will survive for thirty years. Despite its

early problems, the Hubble Space Telescope has become a lasting legacy of the Space Shuttle program, and indeed is a national treasure.


American manned spaceflight Hubble mission planning Hubble space telescope Robotic space operations Satellite servicing technology Space engineering Space science operations Space shuttle missions Space telescope launch Space walking

Authors and affiliations

  • David J. Shayler
    • 1
  • David M. Harland
    • 2
  1. 1.Astro Info Service LtdHalesowenUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.KelvinbridgeGlasgowUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-22643-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-22644-6
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