Hubble Dreams: 1946 Paper Promoted Power

Hubble Dreams: 1946 Paper Promoted Powerful Space Telescope – The Hubble Space Telescope is aging. But there was a time when it was merely a twinkle in some astronomer’s eye. In fact, we know exactly who that astronomer was, and when he first told the world about the twinkle. Lyman Spitzer, who was at Yale in 1946 (and later went to Princeton), published Appendix V of the Douglas Aircraft Company’s Project RAND. The title of the work was, “Astronomical Advantages of an …


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