– Stephen Hawking
On Time? No. On Budget? No. On Spec? Er, No.
The story of Hubble’s own birth reads like a disaster story: 7 years overdue, a billion (or 2) over budget and unable to focus (not good if you’re human, catastrophic if you’re a space telescope). ‘Hubble Headlines’ were some of the earliest negative media coverage I can remember. Now those headlines are gone, replaced by a greatly enhanced understanding of the universe and some truly spectacular images.