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Griffith Observatory Hosts A Weekend Of Events Celebrating Hubble's 25th Birthday

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The Hubble Space Telescope turns 25 years old today, and Griffith Observatory is hosting a series of free events to celebrate. Griffith Observatory is hosting a whole weekend of free events, including lectures and discussions, as well as the opportunity to meet an astronaut. On Monday, there will be one ticketed discussion with those who have worked on the Hubble Telescope over the past several years.

Friday, April 24

Hubble at 25: A Discovery a Day (7:30 p.m.) to 9:30 p.m.) will feature astronomers who will talk about how the telescope has shaped the way we see the universe. Panelists include Dr. Ken Carpenter (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center); Dr. Rosa Diaz (Space Telescope Science Institute); Dr. Laura Danly (Griffith Observatory); Dr. David Reitzel (Griffith Observatory). The event will also be streamed via Griffith ObservatoryTV.

Saturday, April 25

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Ever new: Hubble Through The Years will feature Dr. Ken Carpenter again, plus Northrup Grumman Corporation's Russ Matijevich on how engineers, scientists and astronauts keep the telescope up-to-date and the challenges they face in their work. 'Ever New' has two showings: 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., and 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Guests will also have the opportunity to meet astronaut Mark Vande Hei from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. and again from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. From the Sea to the Stars a talk from Vande Hei on what it takes to train to be an astronaut. The lecture occurs from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and will also be streamed on Griffith Observatory TV.

Sunday, April 26

Beyond Hubble: The Future of Space Astronomy (Noon to 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.) will feature Dr. Carpenter, who will discuss future visions for space telescopes.

There will also be a chance to meet astronaut Story Musgrave (1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.; 3:15 to 4 p.m.). In From Farm Kid to Rocket Man and Beyond, One Little Step at a Time, Musgrave will talk about his personal experience working on the telescope. This will occur from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The James Web Space Telescope: The Next Great Space Observatory will feature Scott Willoughby and Dr. Amy Lo of the Northrup Grumman Corporation, who will discuss 2018's James Webb Space Telescope. This telescope will be place about a million miles away from Earth and will orbit the sun.

Monday, April 27

Friends of the Observatory Cosmic Musings Event (7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.) is a look back at the history of the Hubble Telescope and some insight into the future of astronomy. This even features Ken Carpenter (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center): Russ Matijevich (Northrup Grumman Corporation); Dr. Alberto Conti (Northup Grumman Corporation); Dr. Laura Danly (Griffith Observatory). Tickets are $10 for members, $25 for non-members. Register here.

[h/t We Like L.A.]

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