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January 15, 2008 10:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2008-05

NASA Unveils Cosmic Images Book in Braille for Blind Readers

January 15, 2008: At a ceremony today at the National Federation of the Blind, NASA unveiled a new book that brings majestic images taken by its Great Observatories to the fingertips of the blind. "Touch the Invisible Sky" is a 60-page book with color images of nebulae, stars, galaxies and some of the telescopes that captured the original pictures. Braille and large-print descriptions accompany each of the book's 28 photographs, making the book's design accessible to readers of all visual abilities.The book contains spectacular images from the Hubble Space Telescope, Chandra X-ray Observatory, Spitzer Space Telescope and powerful ground-based telescopes. The celestial objects are presented as they appear through visible-light telescopes and different spectral regions invisible to the naked eye, from radio to infrared, visible, ultraviolet and X-ray light.

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Credit: NASA, ESA, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics/Chandra X-ray Center, Jet Propulsion Laboratory/Caltech, National Radio Astronomy Observatory/Associated Universities, Inc., and the Space Telescope Science Institute/AURA