Handprints on Hubble: An Astronaut's Story of Invention


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MIT Press
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6.0 X 8.9 X 0.6 inches | 1.25 pounds

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About the Author

Kathryn D. Sullivan is a NASA astronaut (retired); Senior Fellow, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies; and Ambassador-at-Large, Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum.


[A]n accessible and fascinating memoir of [Sullivan's] experiences as a pioneering scientist, highlighted by her work on the Hubble space telescope... Sullivan's fine volume shines a light on the nuts-and-bolts tasks that make extraordinary endeavors possible.--Publishers Weekly, starred review--

Throughout the narrative, [Sullivan's] easy hand with details and infectious enthusiasm make for a winning combination. A smooth delivery of the nit and grit behind the success of the Hubble.

--Kirkus Reviews--

Handprints on Hubble is an involving, inspiring personal account of creating Hubble, the telescope that changed Earth's view of the universe.

--Foreword Reviews--

An accessible, engaging read for students of engineering and the history of technology and generalist readers interested in NASA history.

--Library Journal--

To read these [this book] is to marvel at what we have achieved in our nascent efforts to inhabit space, and to recognize that we have barely begun that quest.


As a ringside spectator of Challenger, Sullivan's memories are tinged by tragedy and she remained soberly aware that she might never return from a mission. Behind every scene Hubble itself looms large - "like a beautiful silver gift from Tiffany's" - whose contribution to understanding our place in the cosmos needs no qualification.

--SKY AT NIGHT Magazine--