NOVA “Hunting the Edge of Space” on WXXI-TV

NOVA “Hunting the Edge of Space” on WXXI-TV

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 9:00pm
This image of barred spiral galaxy NGC 6217 is the first image of a celestial object taken with the newly repaired Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) aboard the Hubble Space Telescope. The camera was restored to operation during the STS-125 servicing mission to upgrade Hubble. The barred spiral galaxy NGC 6217 was photographed on June 13 and July 8, 2009, as part of the initial testing and calibration of Hubble's ACS.

Credit: NASA, ESA and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team

The telescope began as a curiosity and has changed human thought about science, philosophy and religion.

WXXI continues its Wednesday "Science Nights" with a two-hour special, NOVA "Hunting the Edge of Space" on Wednesday, March 23 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11). During the two programs The Mystery of the Milky Way and The Ever Expanding Universe, NOVA examines how a simple instrument, the telescope, has fundamentally changed our understanding of our place in the universe.

Hunting the Edge of Space takes viewers on a global adventure of discovery, dramatizing the innovations in technology and the achievements in science that have marked the rich history of the telescope. This story of human ingenuity involves some of the most colorful figures of the scientific world: Galileo, Kepler, Newton, William Herschel, George Hale and Edwin Hubble. The program ends with a look at today's colossal telescopes, housed in space-age cathedrals or orbiting high above the Earth. A new generation of telescopes is set to reveal answers to questions about our universe and, at the same time, will raise new questions.