AAS 198th Meeting, June 2001
Session 15. Education: Projects, Techniques and Outreach
Display, Monday, June 4, 2001, 9:20am-6:30pm, Exhibit Hall

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[15.11] Touch The Universe: A NASA Braille Book of Astronomy

N.A. Grice (Manchester, CT), B.B. Winchatz (Depaul University)

Astronomy is often thought of as a visual science. From the backyard stargazer to the visitor at a local planetarium, people expect to see brilliant stars, planets and deep sky objects. However, if a person has a visual impairement, celestial objects can become shrouded in secrecy.

A new NASA Braille book is being developed through a Cycle 9 E/PO grant from the Space Telescope Science Institute. Using a "twin vision" format, a selection of images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope has been converted into tactile representations to provide a barrier-free view of the night sky. Samples of the twin-vision astronomy tactile illustrations developed by N.A. Grice will be on display. Please visit this poster paper and touch the universe!

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