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Lunar-Based Platforms For An Astronomical Observatory
Author(s): Stewart W. Johnson; Ray S. Leonard
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Paper Abstract

This paper deals with the types of observations that might best be done on the Moon; it contains a summary of previous design efforts; some design considerations are set out which are based on a first iteration functional analysis; some possible development scenarios are outlined; and costs and essential support areas are discussed. Although the creation of such an observatory is technically feasible (i.e., we know how to do it), the observatory won't be built as a stand-alone research facility, but it could be developed as an ancillary facility or outpost to an industrial facility. This conclusion is based on costs. Such an undertaking could also be a vehicle for fostering international cooperation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 October 1984
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 0493, Optical Platforms, (23 October 1984); doi: 10.1117/12.943793
Show Author Affiliations
Stewart W. Johnson, The BDM Corporation (United States)
Ray S. Leonard, The BDM Corporation (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0493:
Optical Platforms
Charles L. Wyman, Editor(s)

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