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Podcast: A Tale of Three Telescopes

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The telescope on everyone’s mind during this month’s Space Shuttle flight was certainly the Hubble Space Telescope, as astronauts inspected, repaired, and upgraded the satellite for years of additional scientific observations.  But two additional telescopes were aboard Atlantis for this historic flight – a museum-quality replica of one of Galileo’s telescopes, and a 200-year-old telescope built by master craftsman Jesse Ramsden.

To give you the scoop about these telescopes, we interviewed Marvin Bolt of the Adler Planetarium.  Hubble may be NASA’s best-known telescope, but it wouldn’t be here without 400 years of innovation.

STS-125 and SM4

Nearly 20 years after its launch, astronauts visited the Hubble Space Telescope once again to swap out instruments, make repairs, and prepare the satellite for additional years of use.  This month, astronauts made a series of spacewalks to get Hubble into tip-top shape.  To learn more about this mission, visit:

About the Telescopes

Astronauts brought two very special historic telescopes aboard the Shuttle for the flight.  To learn more about these scopes, check out:


Hosts Maggie Masetti
Eric Winter
Interviewer Francis Reddy
Editors Eric Winter
Francis Reddy
Sara Mitchell
Guest Marvin Bolt
Theme Music Naked Singularity
Transcript Francis Reddy
Maggie Masetti
Website Support Meredith Gibb
Maggie Masetti
Producer Sara Mitchell
Executive Producer Anita Krishnamurthi
Responsible NASA Official Kim Weaver

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