October 25, 2000
space telescope dramatically changed astronomy
By Billy Goodman
It's the most diverse
scientific tool ever, one astrophysicist claims: "There's no
area in astronomy where it has not done something like no other
instrument before it."
It's the Hubble Space
Telescope, and it is largely the vision of one man.
project explores origins, geometry of the universe
At a NASA press conference
on April 26, 2000, an international team of astrophysicists led
by California Institute of Technology professor Andrew Lange '80
presented startling new images of the heavens. To obtain these remarkable
pictures - formed by minute temperature differences in the microwave
spectrum of the embryonic universe - the scientists, who dubbed
their project "Boomerang," built a two-ton telescope armed
with an array of sensitive detectors.