As the Hubble Space Telescope marks 25 years in service, Mark Williamson reports in the latest issue of E&T on how work on its successor, the James Webb Space Telescope, is progressing ahead of planned launch date in 2018. Mark has also reviewed a new book of photographs from Hubble – Expanding Universe – for www.satellite-evolution.com. Here’s an extract…
Just when you thought you’d seen the last coffee-table book on the Hubble Space Telescope, along comes another one… and it happens to be the best yet. As a publisher, Taschen is famous for its provocative and off-the-wall books, but it’s equally well known for its high standards of production. For those who think that the hard-copy book is dead, think again!
It’s clear from the moment you open this book that it is something different: the quality of the dust jacket and the thickness of the cover board testify to that. The majority of the book is printed on smooth, glossy paper that really shows off the Hubble’s images, but the introductory and closing sections feature a parchment-like material that, while less good for imagery, gives a feeling (quite literally) of quality.
It goes without saying that the Hubble has produced some amazing images. Indeed, some of the spreads feel almost as expansive as the universe they depict: this is a large format book (approx. 30cm square), so when you open out the larger panoramic spreads you need a desk – or indeed coffee table – that’s almost four feet wide.
‘Expanding Universe: Photographs from the Hubble Space Telescope’, edited by Nina Weiner, is published in hardback by Taschen, price £44.99, ISBN 978383654922-6. read Mark Williamson’s full review at http://www.satellite-evolution.com/group/site/?p=40273.