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Optical Engineering

Astronomy From Orbit
Author(s): J. W. Wechsler
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Paper Abstract

The advent of spaceborne instrument carriers has put the science of astronomy on the threshold of a vast expansion in the information that can be obtained. The basic advances in astronomical observation that can be realized from space will be described and related to mankind's quest for improved understanding of the universe. The impact of these unfolding opportunities on the "astronomy community" and on the types of astronomy instrumentation will be discussed. Also, an overview will be presented of the existing space astronomy programs, the new programs being con-sidered for the next decade, and the expansion in ground-based astronomy that may result from astronomy in space.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1968
PDF: 5 pages
Opt. Eng. 6(5) 605152 doi: 10.1117/12.7971397
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 6, Issue 5
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J. W. Wechsler, McDonnell Douglas Corporation (United States)

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