Title page for ETD etd-01312009-063039

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Johnston, Peter J.
URN etd-01312009-063039
Title Astronomers and the Hubble space telescope :an historical analysis
Degree Master of Science
Department Science and Technology Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Barker, Peter Committee Chair
Fuller, Steven W. Committee Member
Hirsh, Richard F. Committee Member
  • Astronomers
Date of Defense 1992-07-05
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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 defects.

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