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Optical Engineering

Development Problems of the Primary Mirror for Large Space Telescopes
Author(s): Sol Louis Morrison
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Paper Abstract

Space astronomy, above the obscuring effects of the atmosphere, promises a quantum jump in knowledge of the universe comparable to the original invention of the telescope. The scientific community has recommended eventual orbiting of a 120 inch telescope to exploit the potential. The pacing problem is undoubtedly the primary mirror itself, which must hold microinch tolerances across the 10 foot diameter during manufacture, launch and operation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 1970
PDF: 12 pages
Opt. Eng. 8(4) 804107 doi: 10.1117/12.7971541
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 8, Issue 4
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Sol Louis Morrison, Grumman Aerospace Corporation (United States)

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