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Construction of the 16-meter large lunar telescope
Author(s): Husam Anwar Omar
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Paper Abstract

A 16-m telescope which NASA is proposing building on the moon surface for extraterrestrial observations is discussed. The telescope operates in the UV/visible/IR ranges of the light spectrum and is capable of detecting planets the size of the earth which are many light years away. Results are presented of a study conducted at the Marshall Space Flight Center to identify different design options for a pedestal to support the primary structure which supports the primary and secondary mirrors. Different foundation systems that can be used to anchor the telescope to the lunar surface are considered. Problems associated with constructing the telescope on the lunar surface are identified, solutions to these problems are suggested using presently available technologies, and new technologies are proposed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 1991
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1494, Space Astronomical Telescopes and Instruments, (1 September 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.46720
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Husam Anwar Omar, Univ. of South Alabama (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1494:
Space Astronomical Telescopes and Instruments
Pierre Y. Bely; James B. Breckinridge, Editor(s)

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