Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Opens Temporary Exhibition Celebrating
The 25th Anniversary Of
The Launch Of Nasa’s Hubble Space Telescope
New York, NY (October 17, 2014) – The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will open HUBBLE@25 on Thursday, October 23. The exhibition will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the launch of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and will mark the first major temporary exhibition in the Museum’s Space Shuttle Pavilion, home to the space shuttle Enterprise.
For a quarter of a century the Hubble Space Telescope has peered into deep space, playing a crucial role in astronomical and science research – propelling significant discoveries in the study and exploration of dark energy and galactic formations and revolutionizing the view of how galaxies in the universe develop.
Through Hubble produced images, rarely seen artifacts, tools used in space to repair the telescope, and interactive guests experiences, HUBBLE@25 will introduce the public to the history of the telescope and the unparalleled scientific achievements generated by the Hubble program.
The exhibit was co-curated by Eric Boehm, the Museum’s Curator of Aviation, and former NASA astronaut Mike Massimino, who was part of two space flights to service Hubble and was just appointed as the Museum’s Senior Advisor, Space Programs.
“The Hubble anniversary story is best told here at the Intrepid,” said Susan Marenoff-Zausner, President of the Intrepid Museum. “We are proud to be the only museum in the Northeast that hosts one of NASA’s orbiters. We are thrilled to be sharing Hubble’s history and accomplishments with the public as we continue our dedication to delivering space science to local, national and international visitors and students.”
The exhibition HUBBLE@25 will be enhanced by a series of public and education programs including conversations and panels with astronauts, scientists and engineers who have all contributed to the Hubble Space Telescope projects. These programs will include an historic talk on November 12 titled Last Mission to Hubble. The event will mark the first time the crew members who embarked on the final trip to repair Hubble in 2009 will come together to talk about their experiences with the public.
The exhibition also will include a number of photographs by Michael Soluri from his upcoming publication, Infinite Worlds: The People and Places of Space Exploration (Simon & Schuster, October 2014), a multi-year project that documented the mission to save the Hubble Space Telescope on earth and in space.
About the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is a non-profit, educational institution featuring the legendary aircraft carrier Intrepid, the space shuttle Enterprise, the world’s fastest jets and a guided missile submarine. Through exhibitions, educational programming and the foremost collection of technologically groundbreaking aircraft and vessels, visitors of all ages and abilities are taken on an interactive journey through history to learn about American innovation and bravery.
The Intrepid Museum fulfills its mission to honor our heroes, educate the public and inspire our youth by connecting them to history through hands-on exploration while bridging the future by inspiring innovation.