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HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE. 1990-2000

From the series:  Earth and Space Science Mission Posters , ca. 1992 - 2013

The largest space telescope to date, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope was launched into orbit twenty-five years ago aboard Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-31) on April 24, 1990. Read up on Hubble’s early milestones on this commemorative poster celebrating its first decade from NASA’s Mission Poster series.  

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A note sent by George Harrison to Ed Stasium and Jeff Healey, reading:

Dear Ed + Jeff -
I didnt have too much time in the studio passing thru LA but as you will hear - we did the Rhythm Guitars - and I (tried) sang the harmony on verses (with a bit of Jeff Lynne) - Its about all I could do at the time and I hope its ok for you
All the best with the L.P. and I look forward to meeting you in the future.
If in London - call me at ___ or get me thru Michael Kamen.
Thanks for doing my song - I think you are an amazing guitarist Jeff.
Love from
George Harrison

The following is an excerpt from the guest blog posted by Ed at jeffhealey.com, explaining the back story of this letter (also, please be sure to click the link to the website, where you can listen to the cover version of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”):

“Very late during a sub-zero Canadian evening in January of 1990, a phone call came into the control room at the now defunct Le Studio Morin Heights in Quebec from George Harrison. Le Studio was the fabulous residential studio that was the creation of the great Canadian record producer Andre Perry. I had actually worked on staff at Le Studio from November 1975 until September of 1976; I loved the place and was very excited that I was back as an independent producer working there again on a new Jeff Healey record.
[…] The band had recorded a cover of ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’; Paul Shaffer had flown up to Le Studio from New York the previous week and had played piano and Hammond B-3 on the song (and several others). Through some quirk of fate a mutual acquaintance of George and Jeff informed Mr. Harrison that Mr. Healey had mentioned, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if we could get George Harrison to do a guest appearance on the song?’ So this mutual fellow told George, and now here I was in freezing Morin Heights speaking to an Ex-Beatle from his residence in Hana on the island of Maui.
[…] The Beatles had a tremendous influence on my musical and recording career, so needless to say I was a bit nervous talking to George on the phone. After a chat about the differences in our respective climates he asked, ‘So Ed, what would you like me to do on the recording?’ OMG …. George Harrison asking ME what I wanted HIM to do? At first I found myself sweating and stuttering but George was so laid back that I immediately felt at ease. Speaking with George Harrison on the phone truly remains a highlight of my career.
I told George that Jeff and I thought it would be lovely if he could play acoustic guitar throughout the track and also sing some harmony vocals on the second and third verse. George said ‘Great! I’ll be in LA working with Jeff Lynne next week and I’ll record my parts there. Could you make a “slave reel” and please send it to Rumbo Recorders in LA where we will be working?’
For those of you technically challenged folks: previous to sending out files on a flash drive, we had to make ‘slave reels’ when we ran out of tracks on the 24 track reel of 2” tape. In this case we made a ‘slave reel’ for George to record onto. We sub-mixed the drums to a pair of stereo tracks, Jeff’s guitars also to a stereo pair, the bass and keyboards were bounced down to one track each and a track for Jeff’s vocal. This left plenty of tracks for George to do his recording onto. I enclosed a letter to George re-capping what we had discussed and had FedEx deliver the tape to Rumbo. As I had done plenty of work at Rumbo in the past I called the studio manager and informed her of our plan to record and delivery details.
Around two weeks passed and we were wondering what happened to George. At this juncture we had started the mixing process when I got a call from Rumbo informing me that they had shipped the reel back to us. The next day the tape arrived with a letter from George [pictured above].
I eagerly opened up the package and my engineering assistant Paul Hamingson placed the reel on the Studer 24 track machine and rewound it to the top of the song. I looked at the track sheet and saw that George and Jeff had overdubbed acoustic guitars and harmony vocals as we requested. Of course the first thing I did was just listen to the tracks that they had recorded in ‘solo’ without listening to any of our backing track. It was a thrill to hear the guitars and then when the vocals entered I was ecstatic, it sounded amazing.” - Ed Stasium, 26 May 2014 [x]