Amateur astronomers rejoice! NASA just made available for download an interactive e-Book titled Hubble Space Telescope: Discoveries. The free e-Book features enticing educational materials including photos, videos and plenty of animations from the space telescope looking out to the universe.
"These new e-books from NASA will allow people to discover Hubble and Webb in a whole new way – both the science and the technology behind building them," said Amber Straughn, an astrophysicist on the Webb telescope project at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. "They collect all of the amazing resources about these two observatories in an excellent product that I think people will really enjoy."
Soar through the universe with the Hubble Space Telescope, exploring discoveries from dark energy to colliding galaxies. This highly interactive eBook features video, image galleries and more to reveal the record of scientific breakthroughs behind Hubble’s stunning images of the cosmos.
For more than two decades, Hubble has had a front-row seat for cosmic events: comets plunging into Jupiter, the explosive death of stars, the birth of new solar systems, and more. In the process, it has changed the face of astronomy. Learn about Hubble’s revelations and take a tour of the history and technology of the telescope.
Below is just an example of another universe discovery app the VIZ [Visualization] iPad App from NASA to give you some ideas.
This book is available for download (900MB) on your iPad with iBooks or on your computer with iTunes. It requires iBooks 3.0 and iOS 5.1 and later.
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