BBC Horizon - Janet Summer TV - Michael Mosley TV - Martin Rees - Jim Al-Khalili TV - Martin Ryle - Allan Chapman TV - Galileo - Brian Cox TV - Mystery Files TV - Kurt Vonnegut - Seth Shostak - Michael Shermer - John Milton - William Herschel - George Carlin - Edward J Weiler - Hunting the Edge of Space TV -
3,028. The Hubble Space Telescope will see much further into the universe than has ever been possible before. Freed from the obscuring effects of the atmosphere the optical system at the heart of the spacecraft will enable the telescope’s mirror to resolve details ten times better than any instrument on the ground. When it’s installed in the space telescope this mirror is set to revolutionise our vision of the universe. (Space & Telescope & Universe) Horizon: Beyond the Moon, BBC 1984
3,032. A revolution in astronomy ... This is the Hubble Space Telescope. (Space & Telescope & Astronomy) Horizon: The Sharpest Show of the Universe, BBC 1990
3,033. The cost will now be several billion dollars. (Space & Telescope) ibid.
3,034. Two stars: the space telescope will distinguish them clearly. (Space & Telescope & Stars) ibid.
3,035. Is there anyone out there? (Space & Telescope & Life) ibid.
3,036. Marshall’s design called for the finest mirrors ever made. (Space & Telescope & Mirror) ibid.
3,037. The [Hubble] telescope’s computer has very little memory. (Space & Telescope & Computer) ibid.
3,038. NASA Goddard will have control over an expected fifteen years of operation. (Space & Telescope) ibid.
3,039. The [Hubble] telescope will tell us how far away such object are; just how far back in time, and so measure the age of the universe. (Space & Telescope & Universe) ibid.
3,040. Five instruments, and by the end of 1985 all the instruments have been installed. (Space & Telescope) ibid.
3,041. The improved camera won’t be ready until 1993. (Space & Telescope & Camera) ibid.
3,042. NASA’s promise – a window on the universe; it turns out our view is blurred. (Space & Telescope & Mirror) Horizon: Small Problem with the Mirror, BBC 1991
3,043. It was soon after the telescope was launched that NASA admitted to a blunder. Ten years before by a simple mistake with a measuring instrument the mirror had been ground to the wrong prescription. (Space & Telescope & Mirror) Horizon: Hubble’s Vision, BBC 1994
3,075. The Hubble Space Telescope has revolutionised the way we look and think about the universe and our place in it. (Space & Telescope) Hubble: The Ultimate Telescope, BBC 2010
3,076. A giant telescope in orbit will capture the light fresh from the stars themselves. It will also test the limits of Earth-bound engineering. (Space & Telescope & Engineering) ibid.
3,077. Hubble is one of the twentieth century’s great feats of engineering. (Space & Telescope & Engineering) ibid.
3,078. It takes engineers four million man-hours to design and build the mirrors. (Space & Telescope & Engineering & Mirror) ibid.
3,079. Discovery blasts off and carries Hubble six hundred kilometres up. (Space & Telescope) ibid.
3,080. Short-sighted: the vast primary concave mirror is too flat. (Space & Telescope & Mirror) ibid.
3,081. One humble washer in the wrong place has wrecked Hubble’s accuracy. (Space & Telescope) ibid.
3,082. NASA must fix Hubble ... They need to fit a series of lenses or mirrors that will cancel out the flaw in the main mirror. (Space & Telescope & Mirror) ibid.
3,083. Hubble begins unveiling celestial objects in breath-taking detail. (Space & Telescope) ibid.
3,084. Subsequent deep-field surveys probe even further back. (Space & Telescope) ibid.
3,085. Hubble reveals where Dark Matter exists. (Space & Telescope & Dark Matter) ibid.
2,834. Out there hidden from the naked eye is a universe we barely understand. There are stars being born, block holes, perhaps even new forms of life. But now astronomers are able to see the cosmos as never before. They are creating a new breed of super-telescope of unprecedented power and clarity. (Universe & Telescope & Astronomy) Horizon: Seeing Stars, BBC 2011
2,835. The Atacama Desert Chile ... To locate this black hole astronomers will be using one of the most powerful telescopes ever built: the VLT, the Very Large Telescope. (Universe & Telescope & Astronomy) ibid.
2,836. The VLT can capture vast amounts of infra-red from space. (Universe & Telescope & Astronomy) ibid.
2,837. Meet SOFIA ... The world’s largest mobile astronomical observatory with an infra-red telescope beneath the bulge. (Universe & Telescope & Astronomy) ibid.
2,838. SOFIA and her seventeen-ton telescope is heading for the stratosphere. (Universe & Telescope & Astronomy) ibid.
2,839. They are working on one of the most advanced telescopes ever – the James Webb Telescope. Possibly the ultimate exploration machine. (Universe & Telescope & Astronomy) ibid.
2,840. The latest infra-red telescopes are ushering in a golden age of astronomy. (Universe & Telescope & Astronomy) ibid.
2,841. This is extreme astronomy. (Universe & Telescope & Astronomy) ibid.
2,842. A giant array known as ALMA. When it is finished sixty-six dishes will operate as one, the equivalent of an antenna ten-miles across. (Universe & Telescope & Astronomy) ibid.
2,843. Nobody knows which objects in the universe produce cosmic rays. (Universe & Telescope & Astronomy) ibid.
4,042. Two ground breaking new instruments have been installed on Hubble. They were designed to peer into deepest space and find black holes ... They were tightly clustered over the centre of South America and the south Atlantic. In fact this region of space has developed a reputation of NASA as a region of strange events ... Space’s Bermuda Triangle ... It also held important clues as to what’s happening in the deep Earth. (Earth & Telescope & Solar System) Horizon: The Core, BBC 2011
2,848. The Hubble space telescope went on to produce the most magnificent images of the universe the world had ever seen. (Universe & Cosmology & Astronomy & Telescope) The Final Frontier: A Horizon Guide to the Universe, BBC 2012
2,903. This is the Hooker Telescope on Mount Wilson, just a couple of hours from Los Angeles. In the 1920s this was the best telescope in the world. And it’s the instrument that Edwin Hubble chose for his survey of galaxies. Hubble’s twin weapons were the sheer volume of data he collected and an ability to cut through it to see what it meant. In the 1920s Hubble helped solve a huge debate about the size of the universe. Using this telescope Hubble proved that the universe was much bigger than anyone had thought, filled with galaxies some of them unimaginable distances from the Earth. (Universe & Astronomy & Cosmology & Galaxy & Telescope) Dr Janet Sumner, interview The Cosmos: A Beginner’s Guide
129,145. Today’s vast and powerful telescopes are taking us on an unimaginable to unlock the secrets of the cosmos. They take us back to the dawn of time, to the very birth of the universe. Show us giant clouds where stars and planets are born. (Telescope & Space) Hunting the Edge of Space I, PBS 2010
129,146. Revolutions in technology and ever larger telescopes are pushing forward the frontiers of space. (Telescope & Space) ibid.
129,147. The journey starts with one man and two pieces of glass. It is the summer of 1609: mathematics professor Galileo Galilei is building his own version of an extraordinary new invention. (Telescope & Space) ibid.
129,148. Isaac Newton in creating the first reflector eradicates rainbow colours. (Telescope & Space) ibid.
129,149. [William] Herschel makes a catalogue of these mysterious objects. (Telescope & Space) ibid.