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Hubble: Imagining Space and Time

By Eric

In the spirit of National Geographic’s top-selling Orbit, this large-format, full-color volume stands alone in revealing more than 200 of the most spectacular images from the Hubble Space Telescope during its lifetime, to the very eve of the 2008 final shuttle mission to the telescope. Written by two of the world’s foremost authorities on space history, Hubble: Imaging Space and Time illuminates the solar system’s workings, the expansion of the universe, the birth and death of stars, the formation of planetary nebulae, the dynamics of galaxies, and the mysterious force known as “dark energy.”

The potential impact of this book cannot be overstressed: The 2008 servicing mission to install new high-powered scientific instruments is especially high profile because the cancellation of the previous mission, in 2004, caused widespread controversy. The authors reveal the inside story of Hubble’s beginnings, its controversial early days, the drama of its first servicing missions, and the creation of the dynamic images that reach into the deepest regions of visible space, close to the time when the universe began.

A wealth of astonishing images leads us to the very edge of known space, setting the stage for the new James Webb Space Telescope, scheduled to launch in 2013. Find the stunning panoramic of Carina Nebula, detailing star birth as never before; a jet from a black hole in one galaxy striking a neighboring galaxy; a jewel-like collection of galaxies from the early years of the universe; and a giant galaxy cannibalizing a smaller galaxy.

Timed for the 2008 shuttle launch and coinciding with the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s first telescope, Hubble: Imaging Space and Time accompanies a high-profile exhibit at the National Air and Space Museum and will be featured on the popular NASM website.

National Geographic March 2021

By Eric

National Geographic March 2021 Highlights:


Our Obsession With Mars Missions

Since sky-watchers in the third millennium B.C. described it as a “wandering star,” Mars has fascinated people on Earth. It so intrigues us that by this month, 11 spacecraft and rovers are expected to be on or near the red planet.

Imprisoned While Innocent

Thanks to scrutiny of the actions of prosecutors, public defenders, and police, as well as advances in DNA analysis and other sorts of forensic testing, 182 people have been found innocent and exonerated from death row since 1972.

A Line in the Mountains

The story behind boundaries on the world’s highest battlefield.

Greyhound Racing

Critics of the dogs’ treatment spur the end of tracks, race betting.

The ‘Train Ladies’ of Ukraine

A tradition as old as rail travel in Ukraine, these safety signal officers work in tiny houses at rail crossings, and help keep things on track.

Natural Disasters?

Maybe climate change harms should be called what they are: man-made natural disasters.

Life After Fire

Ecosystem engineers, black-backed wood-peckers are built for life amid partially burned trees.

From Lethal Trap to Artful Treasure

Snares that once killed Uganda’s wildlife now support communities.

Setting Rivers Free

Human influences have negatively affected the flows of most of Earth’s 10 longest rivers.


On The Cover:

We’ve been fascinated for millennia by Mars, seen here in images taken by (from top) the European Space Agency’s Mars Express, and the Viking Orbiter 1.

School Bulletin September 28, 1970

By Eric

School Bulletin September 28, 1970, Vol. 49, No. 3

On The Cover: Rich Oregon forest and crystal spray of Multnomah Falls contrast with spew from stacks in industrial Pittsburgh.

In This Issue:

  • Canoeing the Connecticut
  • Mini-Environments
  • Houston Smog
  • Our Abused Earth
  • Also… Building a Terrarium, Spaceship Environment

School Bulletin April 27, 1970

By Eric

School Bulletin April 27, 1970, Vol. 48, No. 28

On The Cover: Near Beirut, financial capital of the Arab world, the turning of a potter’s wheel reflects the timeless ways of Lebanese village life.

In This Issue:

  • Beirut, Lebanon
  • Chesapeake Field Trip
  • Saguaro Cactus
  • Rutherford Robin
  • Cedars of Lebanon
  • Also… Mount Ararat Expedition, Job Titles, Space Age Anniversary

School Bulletin March 9, 1970

By Eric

School Bulletin March 9, 1970, Vol. 48, No. 23

On The Cover: Rituals of old Nippon, such as this stately dance by a Shinto priest, will greet visitors to Japan for Expo ’70. Near the priest’s island shrine on the Inland Sea a torii rises.

In This Issue:

  • Japan – Old and New
  • Osaka Expo
  • Space Preview
  • Rose Aphids
  • Fra Mauro
  • Also… Slime Molds, Pikes Peak