The Holy Grail of telescope design has always been to see at a great distance, first a faraway steeple, then the surface of the moon, and finally the most remote galaxies. Exotic and beautiful images are now well known around the world, thanks to the thousands of spectacular photos taken by the the Hubble Space Telescope.
Hunting the Edge of Space, a two-hour special for NOVA, explores the history, science and intrigue behind the telescope. This tale of human ingenuity involves some of the most colorful figures of the scientific world – Galileo, Newton, William Herschel, George Hale, and Edwin Hubble. Other inventions have changed the way we live, but only the telescope has altered our understanding of our place in the universe.
Funding provided by Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
To learn more, visit http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/space/hunting-edge-space.html