Title: The Universe in a Mirror: The Saga of the Hubble Telescope and the Visionaries Who Built It
Author: Robert Zimmerman
Fun Fact: When Lyman Spitzer proposed the US build a telescope 200-600 inches diameter and launch it into space, the largest ground telescope was only 200 inches and still under construction!
Review Summary: I liked the author’s writing style and his passion for the subject, but it was sometimes difficult to keep track of the sequence of events and the people involved.
The building of the Hubble telescope was a long and complicated process, lasting 44 years from the first serious proposal of such a telescope to Hubble’s launch in 1990. The fight for Hubble didn’t end there either, as regular maintenance missions were necessary to keep the telescope operational. The Universe in a Mirror describes the many people who devoted their lives to the project, as well as a sampling of the neat discoveries the Hubble enabled. Read more »