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Inside story of the telescope that nearly wasn’t built

The Hubble Space Telescope has been called the most productive telescope in history and has hypnotized us all with its cosmic postcards, but it's a wonder it was ever built. Many astronomers feared that its enormous cost would drain resources from ground-based astronomy and might not work anyway.

A new book by Robert Zimmerman, a freelance writer and space historian, tells the fascinating stories of the Hubble's behind-the-scenes development. 

Full story from the New York Times.