Handprints on Hubble

April 6, 2020
7:00 p.m. 8:30 p.m.

Meet Kathryn Sullivan, the first American woman to walk in space and one of the first six women to join NASA’s storied astronaut corps. In her book, Handprints on Hubble, Sullivan recounts how she and other astronauts, engineers, and scientists launched, rescued, repaired, and maintained the Hubble telescope, the most productive observatory ever built. Sullivan chronicles her early life as a “Sputnik Baby,” her path to NASA, her initiation into the space program as one of “35 new guys,” and her various space adventures, such as what liftoff feels like. Sullivan describes inventing the tools and processes that made it possible for NASA to fix a serious defect in Hubble’s mirrors—leaving literal and metaphorical “Handprints on Hubble."

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