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|Type of Document
||Johnston, Peter J.
||Astronomers and the Hubble space telescope :an historical analysis
||Master of Science
||Science and Technology Studies
|Fuller, Steven W.
|Hirsh, Richard F.
|Date of Defense
In this thesis I describe a period in the Hubble Space Telescope's history during
which a relatively small number of astronomers worked to encourage their colleagues to
support the telescope project. I analyze astronomers' behavior in terms of the various
problems which they faced. I argue that astronomical community came to support the
project in part because the telescope's advocates succeeded in separating technological
issues from economic ones. I also suggest that separating these two kinds of issues may
have contributed to the circumstances which led to the telescope's well-publicized
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