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Explorer-class astrobiology mission
Author(s): Scott Sandford; Thomas P. Greene; Louis Allamandola; Roger Arno; Jesse D. Bregman; Sylvia Cox; Paul Kenneth Davis; Andrew Gonzalez; Michael R. Haas; Robert P. Hanel; Michael Hines; Daniel Hudgins; Robert Jackson; Peter Kittel; David Lozier; Scott S. Maa; Craig R. McCreight
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Paper Abstract

In this paper we describe a potential new Explorer-class space mission, the AstroBiology Explorer (ABE), consisting of a relatively modest dedicated space observatory having a 50 cm aperture primary mirror which is passively cooled to T < 65 K, resides in a low-background orbit (heliocenter orbit at 1 AU, Earth drift-away), and is equipped with a suite of three moderate resolution spectrographs equipped with first-order cross-dispersers and large format (1024 X 1024 pixel) near- and mid-IR detector arrays cooled by a modest amount of cryogen.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 July 2000
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4013, UV, Optical, and IR Space Telescopes and Instruments, (28 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.393974
Show Author Affiliations
Scott Sandford, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Thomas P. Greene, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Louis Allamandola, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Roger Arno, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Jesse D. Bregman, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Sylvia Cox, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Paul Kenneth Davis, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Andrew Gonzalez, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Michael R. Haas, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Robert P. Hanel, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Michael Hines, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Daniel Hudgins, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Robert Jackson, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Peter Kittel, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
David Lozier, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Scott S. Maa, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)
Craig R. McCreight, NASA Ames Research Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4013:
UV, Optical, and IR Space Telescopes and Instruments
James B. Breckinridge; Peter Jakobsen, Editor(s)

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