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HST to HST10X: a second revolution in space science
Author(s): Holland C. Ford; James Roger P. Angel; Christopher J. Burrows; Jon A. Morse; John T. Trauger; Donald A. Dufford
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Paper Abstract

The Hubble Space Telescope is arguably one of the most important and successful scientific endeavors undertaken in the twentieth century. Hubble, a modest-sized 2.4-m telescope, outperforms much larger terrestrial telescopes because it is diffraction limited, and because the sky seen from orbit is darker than the terrestrial night sky. If we increase the diameter of Hubble to 8.4-m, a diameter comparable to Keck and the VLT, the increase in capability will be comparable to that which was first achieved by Hubble's launch and subsequent repair. HST10X will allow a fast track solution of outstanding problems in astronomy. Perhaps foremost among these is the detection of earth-like planets orbiting nearby stars. HST10X can detect earth-like planets around stars at distances up to 10 parsecs. Furthermore, HST10X will enable spectroscopic examination of earth-like planets to search for atmospheric oxygen, a certain sign of life.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 July 2000
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4013, UV, Optical, and IR Space Telescopes and Instruments, (28 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.394041
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Holland C. Ford, Johns Hopkins Univ. (United States)
James Roger P. Angel, Optical Science Ctr./Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Christopher J. Burrows, Space Telescope Science Institute (United Kingdom)
Jon A. Morse, Univ. of Colorado/Boulder (United States)
John T. Trauger, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Donald A. Dufford, Johns Hopkins Univ. (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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