Mackintosh Academy/Ball Aerospace To Celebrate 25th Anniversary Of Hubble Space Telescope

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope's most iconic and popular image: the Eagle Nebula’s Pillars of Creation. This image shows the pillars as seen in visible light, capturing the multi-coloured glow of gas clouds, wispy tendrils of dark cosmic dust, and the rust-coloured elephants’ trunks of the nebula’s famous pillars. Image Credit: NASA, ESA/Hubble and the Hubble Heritage Team

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s most iconic and popular image: the Eagle Nebula’s Pillars of Creation. This image shows the pillars as seen in visible light, capturing the multi-coloured glow of gas clouds, wispy tendrils of dark cosmic dust, and the rust-coloured elephants’ trunks of the nebula’s famous pillars. Image Credit: NASA, ESA/Hubble and the Hubble Heritage Team

April 8, 2015 – On April 13 and 14, 2015 Mackintosh Academy and Ball Aerospace will be hosting a 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Hubble Space Telescope through public lectures, stargazing and hands-on science experiences for students.

For 25 years the Hubble Space Telescope has been transmitting pictures that have transformed our understanding of the universe. These images are easy to take for granted as they have become commonplace across pop culture – from T-shirts to TV to the web. But, far from commonplace when Hubble launched, these images from space represent a massive breakthrough in our understanding of the universe as we know it.

Dennis Ebbets will discuss the engineering and five astronaut servicing missions that made the twenty-five years of discovery with the Hubble Space telescope possible. He’ll also share Boulder’s connections to this amazing observatory.

A second lecture will explore NASA’s next great observatory, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), planned for launch in October, 2018.

“This is an excellent moment to pause and reflect on how our understanding of the universe has changed over the last twenty-five years and at the same time look forward to discoveries from the Webb telescope in next decade,” said Allison Barto, Ball Aerospace’s program manager for the JWST. “The story of NASA’s great observatories is a fascinating combination of human ingenuity and cutting-edge design coming together to create amazing science.”

During the two-day 25th Anniversary celebration, specific events at Mackintosh will be open to the public:

Monday, April 13 from 6:00-7:30 pm

PUBLIC LECTURE: Engineering Discovery: The Story of the Hubble Space Telescope and the Making of the Next Great Observatory Speaker: Allison Barto of Ball Aerospace

Tuesday, April 14 from 6:00-7:30 pm

PUBLIC LECTURE: Astronomy with Hubble: 25 Years of Discovery Speaker: Dennis Ebbets

7:45 pm – onwards

STARGAZING on the Mackintosh Academy fields led by the Boulder Astronomy & Space Club (BASS)

Please RSVP to jenny@mackintoshacademy.com.

During the day Tuesday, students will be invited to participate in Hubble inspired workshops and hands-on science experiences led by Ball Aerospace and Mackintosh Teachers including: exploring how telescopes work, building Hubble models and small telescopes, exploring astronomy, space exploration, rocketry, and the science of light, and trying their hand at what it takes to fix a giant telescope in space.

Mackintosh Academy is located at 6717 S. Boulder Rd., Boulder, Colorado.