SOURCE: Quest: The History of Spaceflight

June 22, 2010 12:49 ET

20th Anniversary of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope Celebrated

BETHESDA, MD--(Marketwire - June 22, 2010) -  NASA's launch in 1990 of the Hubble Space Telescope and its operation over the past 20 years represents one of the agency's greatest achievements. The instrument has not only provided researchers with tremendous amounts of data, key to unlocking the secrets of the universe, but images that have captured the attention of the mainstream public. The Volume 17 #2 issue of "Quest: The History of Spaceflight" was developed to focus attention on this milestone.

Quest's editor, Dr. David Arnold, worked with the contributors to create a breadth of articles and oral histories that are sure to educate and captivate.

Astronaut Kathryn Sullivan, in a special never-before-published interview, discusses the mission to place the telescope in orbit and the critical role that she and her fellow astronauts played during the design and test phase that led to the ability of astronauts to repair and service the instrument in orbit -- a feature whose importance became evident over the years.

The issue also features a history of the Hubble Space Telescope program generated from materials provided by NASA Headquarters, recollections from one of Lockheed Martin's test engineers, and rare photos discovered in the company's archive.

The cover art for the issue features a painting of the Hubble by legendary space artist Robert McCall who passed away earlier this year. McCall is best known for his murals that grace the entrance to museums such as the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum and whose paintings were the inspiration for the movies "2001: A Space Odyssey" and "Star Trek: The Motion Picture." A recently discovered and never-before-published interview with McCall describing his influences and his career is contained.

Published since 1992, "Quest: The History of Spaceflight" (ISSN: 1065-7738) has a mission to capture and preserve "the history of spaceflight...one story at a time.™" Additional information on "Quest" including complete bibliography and subscription information can be found at www.spacebusiness.com/quest

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