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3D-Printed, Tactile Hubble Space Telescope Images for the Visually Impaired
Astronomers at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, MD, are transforming astronomy education by turning images from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope into tactile, 3D-printed pictures for people who can't explore celestial wonders by sight. The 3D representations are also useful for sighted people who have different learning styles. Stars, filaments, gas, and dust shown in Hubble images of the bright star cluster NGC 602 have been transformed through 3D printing into textures - appearing as raised open circles, lines, and dots. These features also have different heights to correspond with their brightness. Astronomers Carol Christian and Antonella Nota presented their plastic 3D representations of NGC 602 on January 7th, at the American Astronomical meeting in Washington, D.C.
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