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Anarctica as a launchpad for space astronomy missions
Author(s): John W. V. Storey; Michael G. Burton; Michael C. B. Ashley
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Paper Abstract

In the coming decades, astronomical breakthroughs will increasingly come from observations from the best ground-based locations and from space observatories. At infrared and sub-millimetre wavelengths in particular, Antarctica offers site conditions that are found nowhere else on earth. There are two implications of this. First, for tackling some of the most crucial problems in astrophysics, a large telescope in Antarctica can outperform any other ground-based facility. Second, with infrared backgrounds between one and two orders of magnitude below those at other sites, superior sub-mm transmission and extraordinary low atmospheric turbulence above the boundary layer, Antartical offers designers of space missions a unique test-bed for their ideas and instrumentation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 December 2002
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 4835, Future Research Direction and Visions for Astronomy, (16 December 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.456503
Show Author Affiliations
John W. V. Storey, Univ. of New South Wales (Australia)
Michael G. Burton, Univ. of New South Wales (Australia)
Michael C. B. Ashley, Univ. of New South Wales (Australia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4835:
Future Research Direction and Visions for Astronomy
Alan M. Dressler, Editor(s)

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