Profile: C Robert O’Dell

Research Prof. of Physics & Astronomy

Dr. O'Dell specializes in observational astrophysics of gaseous nebulae and star formation. From 1972 to 1982 he was Project Scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope at the Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL.

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What It Took To Launch The Hubble Telescope

Iconic images of astronomical pillars of gas and dust, views of galaxies soon after they were formed, an accelerating universe driven by Dark Energy… “give us more!” say the public and the taxpayers. The Hubble Space Telescope is undoubtedly one of the most popular science projects today. It was not always thus. With its origins dating back to a time when almost all astronomers used photographic plates to record images at ground-based telescopes, the idea of an ambitious and expensive observatory in space was not a popular one.

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