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The Space Infrared Interferometric Telescope (SPIRIT): mission study results
Author(s): David Leisawitz; Charles Baker; Amy Barger; Dominic Benford; Andrew Blain; Rob Boyle; Richard Broderick; Jason Budinoff; John Carpenter; Richard Caverly; Phil Chen; Steve Cooley; Christine Cottingham; Julie Crooke; Dave DiPietro; MIke DiPirro; Michael Femiano; Art Ferrer; Jackie Fischer; Jonathan Gardner; Lou Hallock; Kenny Harris; Kate Hartman; Martin Harwit; Lynne Hillenbrand; Tupper Hyde; Drew Jones; Jim Kellogg; Alan Kogut; Marc Kuchner; Bill Lawson; Javier Lecha; Maria Lecha; Amy Mainzer; Jim Mannion; Anthony Martino; Paul Mason; John Mather; Gibran McDonald; Rick Mills; Lee Mundy; Stan Ollendorf; Joe Pellicciotti; Dave Quinn; Kirk Rhee; Stephen Rinehart; Tim Sauerwine; Robert Silverberg; Terry Smith; Gordon Stacey; H. Philip Stahl; Johannes Staguhn; Steve Tompkins; June Tveekrem; Sheila Wall; Mark Wilson
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Paper Abstract

We report results of a recently-completed pre-Formulation Phase study of SPIRIT, a candidate NASA Origins Probe mission. SPIRIT is a spatial and spectral interferometer with an operating wavelength range 25 - 400 μm. SPIRIT will provide sub-arcsecond resolution images and spectra with resolution R = 3000 in a 1 arcmin field of view to accomplish three primary scientific objectives: (1) Learn how planetary systems form from protostellar disks, and how they acquire their chemical organization; (2) Characterize the family of extrasolar planetary systems by imaging the structure in debris disks to understand how and where planets form, and why some planets are ice giants and others are rocky; and (3) Learn how high-redshift galaxies formed and merged to form the present-day population of galaxies. Observations with SPIRIT will be complementary to those of the James Webb Space Telescope and the ground-based Atacama Large Millimeter Array. All three observatories could be operational contemporaneously.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 July 2006
PDF: 18 pages
Proc. SPIE 6265, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation I: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter, 626540 (7 July 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.669820
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David Leisawitz, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Charles Baker, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Amy Barger, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison (United States)
Dominic Benford, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Andrew Blain, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Rob Boyle, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Richard Broderick, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Jason Budinoff, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
John Carpenter, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Richard Caverly, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Phil Chen, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Steve Cooley, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Christine Cottingham, Lockheed Martin Technical Operations (United States)
Julie Crooke, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Dave DiPietro, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
MIke DiPirro, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Michael Femiano, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Art Ferrer, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Jackie Fischer, Naval Research Lab. (United States)
Jonathan Gardner, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Lou Hallock, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Kenny Harris, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Kate Hartman, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Martin Harwit, Cornell Univ. (United States)
Lynne Hillenbrand, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Tupper Hyde, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Drew Jones, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Jim Kellogg, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Alan Kogut, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Marc Kuchner, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Bill Lawson, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Javier Lecha, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Maria Lecha, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Amy Mainzer, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Jim Mannion, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Anthony Martino, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Paul Mason, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
John Mather, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Gibran McDonald, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Rick Mills, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Lee Mundy, Univ. of Maryland-College Park (United States)
Stan Ollendorf, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Joe Pellicciotti, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Dave Quinn, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Kirk Rhee, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Stephen Rinehart, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Tim Sauerwine, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Robert Silverberg, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Terry Smith, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Gordon Stacey, Cornell Univ. (United States)
H. Philip Stahl, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Johannes Staguhn, SSAI (United States)
Steve Tompkins, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
June Tveekrem, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Sheila Wall, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Mark Wilson, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6265:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation I: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter
John C. Mather; Howard A. MacEwen; Mattheus W. M. de Graauw, Editor(s)

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