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Space Astronomy To The Year 2000: A Preview Of The Possibilities
Author(s): Jeffrey D. Rosendhal
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Paper Abstract

Following an overview of the role of space observations in contemporary astrophysics the next generation of space-based observatories (the Space Telescope, the Gamma Ray Observatory and the Advanced X-Ray Astrophysics Facility) is described. Possible new directions which may be pursued in the 1990s are also discussed. These include the development of large flux collectors for use in astronomy in the ultraviolet, optical, infrared and millimeter wave portions of the spectrum and the development of space-based interferometers to carry out a variety of astrophysically important measurements. Many of these longer term programs require substantial advances in optics, structures, and control technology.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 August 1980
PDF: 18 pages
Proc. SPIE 0228, Active Optical Devices and Applications, (15 August 1980); doi: 10.1117/12.958773
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Jeffrey D. Rosendhal, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0228:
Active Optical Devices and Applications
William J. Cuneo, Editor(s)

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