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
Keywords
  • Astronomers
Date of Defense 1992-07-05
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Abstract

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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