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Discover How Ordinary People Saved the Hubble Telescope

Oct. 24, 2012

National Aeronautic and Space Administration scientists may have engineered the Hubble Space Telescope and other scientists may have helped fix its camera’s blurry vision in its early years, but ordinary people rallied to save the famous telescope from becoming space junk. Hear documentary director David Gaynes tell the story of how that happened when he brings his documentary, “Saving Hubble,” to Anne Arundel Community College on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

Sponsored by the AACC Astronomy Club, the free event takes place from 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 14, in the Humanities Building Room 112, on the Arnold campus, 101 College Parkway. The showing at AACC is a rare opportunity for the public to see the documentary and talk to its director. The documentary also was shown at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt and the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore. In addition to Gaynes, some local scientists who work on the Hubble will be on hand.

The 70-minute “Saving Hubble” gives a behind-the-scenes look at the aftermath of NASA’s 2004 announcement that the cost of fixing the aging Hubble was too high. So, after 14 years of providing fantastic images and detailed data about the universe, NASA was going to allow the Hubble telescope to disintegrate in space.

Jeff Foust, editor of The Space Review, called the public outcry to save the Hubble “one of the most remarkable space grassroots advocacy efforts of the last decade.” The lobbying was so intense that NASA reversed its decision in 2006 and the STS-125 shuttle crew carried out the Hubble servicing mission in 2009.

For information, contact Beth Hufnagel, Ph.D., AACC professor of astronomy and faculty adviser for the club at or at 410-777-2271.

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