NOVA: Invisible Universe Revealed
Airs Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018 at 9 p.m. & Sunday, Jan. 7 at 2 p.m. on KPBS TV
Monday, December 18, 2017
Credit: Courtesy of NASA
NASA launched one of the most ambitious experiments in the history of astronomy: the Hubble Space Telescope.
But amazingly, when the telescope first sent images back to earth, it seemed that the entire project was a massive failure; a one-millimeter engineering blunder had turned the billion-dollar telescope into an object of ridicule.
It fell to five heroic astronauts in a daring mission to return Hubble to the cutting edge of science.
NOVA hears from the scientists and engineers on the front line who tell the amazing Hubble story as never before.
This single telescope has helped astronomers pinpoint the age of the universe, revealed the birthplace of stars and planets, advanced our understanding of dark energy and cosmic expansion, and uncovered black holes lurking at the heart of galaxies.
For more than a generation, Hubble’s stunning images have brought the beauty of the heavens to millions, revealing a cosmos richer and more wondrous than we ever imagined.
Join NOVA for the story of this magnificent machine and its astonishing discoveries.
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