The History of Space Astronomy

Reflections on the Last Three Decades
  • Robert W. Smith
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 334)


Various themes in the history of space astronomy for the last three decades are examined, with emphasis on the interdependence of programs, contests for control and the effect of the availability of launch vehicles.

Key words

Space astronomy great observatories Hubble Space Telescope AXAF SIRTF 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert W. Smith
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  1. 1.Department of History and ClassicsUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada

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