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Options for post-JWST space telescopes
Author(s): Harley A. Thronson
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Paper Abstract

With the selection completed of the industrial partners for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and subsequent replanning concluded, several groups and NASA have begun to consider options for subsequent major space astronomy missions. Active interest includes scientific justification for even larger space observatories, the technologies necessary to enable such missions, supporting infrastructure and facilities, system designs, and the political environment that would be receptive to the sustained funding necessary for such major missions. This paper discusses each of these issues in turn and concludes similarly to the recommendations of the NASA Exploration Team (NEXT) that a human-occupied gateway at the Earth-Moon L1 point offers several attractive opportunities for NASA and the scientific community, including primarily the capability to support very large aperture science facilities, as well as a publicly appealing option for human exploration beyond low-Earth orbit.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 January 2004
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 5166, UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes: Innovative Technologies and Concepts, (30 January 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.509750
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Harley A. Thronson, NASA Headquarters (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5166:
UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes: Innovative Technologies and Concepts
Howard A. MacEwen, Editor(s)

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