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Large-aperture cool telescope mission: SPICA
Author(s): Toshio Matsumoto
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Paper Abstract

SPICA (SPace Infrared telescope for Cosmology and Astrophysics) is a future infrared astronomy mission which is now under study in Japan. Larger aperture (~ 3.5m) infrared telescope will be launched into L2 halo orbit at ambient temperature, and will be cooled in orbit by mechanical cooler down to 4.5K. SPICA is powerful in mid and far infrared observations and will delineate the birth and evolution of galaxies, stars and planetary systems which will play a complementary role to NGST and Hershell.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 March 2003
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 4850, IR Space Telescopes and Instruments, (5 March 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.461803
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Toshio Matsumoto, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4850:
IR Space Telescopes and Instruments
John C. Mather, Editor(s)

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