Hubble's Diverse Universe
A different kind of science documentary, the scientific research and experiences of six African American and three Hispanic American astronomers and astrophysicists are presented. 'Hubble' is short for the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). 'Diverse' refers to both the ethnic diversity of the scientists who appear in the film and the diverse set of astronomy topics explored. The film has four chapters: Science, Diversity, Mentoring and Outreach, and NASA's Contributions. Science (14½ minutes): Beautiful images of celestial bodies taken by the Hubble Space Telescope are interspersed with the astrophysicists' descriptions of the images and the importance of HST to their research. HST discoveries, unexpected astronomy results, and the continually changing theories within astronomy are all explored in this section. Pulsars, planetary nebulae, gamma-ray bursts, active galactic nuclei, black holes, and star formation are covered. Diversity (7½ minutes): The astrophysicists talk about what life is like as a minority within this scientific discipline. They touch on programs they participated in that targeted minorities interested in the sciences with comments about the success and failures of such programs. They share some of the daily experiences of being less than 8% of the astronomy population in the United States. Mentoring and Outreach (8 minutes): All of the astrophysicists agree that having mentors is important to succeed as a scientist. In order to become an astrophysicist people helped them and now they try to help others. They talk about the good mentors that they have and focus on specific things that make them good mentors. They also give warnings about how to steer clear of pitfalls. NASA's Contributions (10 minutes): NASA has played a significant role in the lives of these nine minority scientists. NASA provided graduate school fellowships to three of them. NASA grants help fund their current research projects and NASA helps to support programs that encourage young people to go into the sciences. The story of HST and minority scientists cannot be told without including the role of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The film was created for the International Year of Astronomy 2009 and to honor the 20 year anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) April 19, 2010. The astrophysicists are young, vibrant, funny, and generally engaging making this an exceptional astronomy documentary in which the people are as engaging as the science. Hubble's Diverse Universe is a tribute to the Hubble Space Telescope given eloquently by these minority scientists. See the Hubble Space Telescope and its contributions to science through the eyes of these minority scientists.
2012 Documentary Short Capitol City Black Film Festival
2012 Hollywood Black Film Festival, 2012 San Diego Black Film Festival, 2012 Reel Sisters, 2013 Capitol City Black Film Festival, 2013 Sun and Sand Film Festival