Expanding Universe by Owen Edwards
Photographs from the Hubble Space Telescope

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Time, space, and a telescope: Hubble’s most magnificent images

With investigations into everything from black holes to exoplanets, the Hubble Telescope has changed not only the face of astronomy, but also our very sense of being in the universe. On the 25th anniversary of its launch into low-earth orbit, TASCHEN celebrates its most breathtaking deep space images both as scientific feats and as photographic masterpieces.

Ultra high-resolution and taken with almost no background light, these pictures have answered some of the most compelling questions of time and space, while also revealing new mysteries, like the strange “dark energy” that sees the universe expanding at an ever-accelerated rate. In generous square format with several foldouts, the pictures mesmerize in their iridescent colors, intricate textures, and vast, fragile forms.

The collection is accompanied by an essay from photography critic Owen Edwards and an interview with Zoltan Levay, who explains how the pictures are composed. Veteran Hubble astronauts Charles F. Bolden, Jr. and John Mace Grunsfeld also offer their insights on Hubble’s legacy and future space exploration.

Text in English, French, and German
 

About Owen Edwards

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Owen Edwards has written about photography for 30 years for numerous publications including American Photographer, New York Times Magazine, and Smithsonian. Zoltan Levay is Imaging Lead at the Space Telescope Science Institute. He works with astronomers and communicators worldwide to publicize science results from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Charles F. Bolden, Jr., Major General, USMC (Ret.), was nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate as the 12th Administrator of NASA in 2009. He has overseen the completion of the International Space Stationâe"the worldâe(tm)s only orbiting research laboratoryâe"and set NASA on course for an unprecedented human journey to Mars in the 2030s. During his 34-year Marine Corps career, Bolden spent 14 years as a member of NASAâe(tm)s Astronaut Corps, traveling to space four times between 1986 and 1994. He commanded two of those missions, piloting the Space Shuttle Discovery on STS-31, which launched the Hubble Space Telescope into orbit, and STS-60, the first joint U.S.-Russian shuttle mission, which featured a cosmonaut as a member of his crew. John Mace Grunsfeld, PhD, is an astrophysicist and an astronaut. He has flown five times on the Space Shuttle, including three Hubble servicing missions, logging 58 hours and 30 minutes of spacewalk time. He has served as the Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA since 2012, and previously served as the Deputy Director of the Space Telescope Science Institute, managing the science program for the Hubble Space Telescope and the forthcoming James Webb Space Telescope.
 
Published April 15, 2015 by Taschen. 260 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, Science & Math.