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April 19, 11 a.m. PDT
Why a Telescope in Space?

We'll find out what's so special about putting a telescope above the atmosphere, by making a live visit to Flight Operations and talking with scientists who have nurtured Hubble from the beginning.


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Dr. Steven BeckwithToday's Guest :
Dr. Steven Beckwith

We'll talk with Dr. Steven Beckwith who is is Director of Space Telescope Science Institute and a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Johns Hopkins University. He is interested in how planets are made around young stars and how galaxies were assembled in the early universe from the residue of the Big Bang. Since coming to Baltimore, he has become an avid "Hubble hugger," at the Institute that made Hubble a household name. Dr. Beckwith has degrees in both engineering and physics and spent much of his early career building instruments for large telescopes. Since he isn't checked out to work on Hubble's delicate instruments, he contents himself by keeping his aging car roadworthy.


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