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John B. Hutchings plenary: Canadian Space Astronomy: Past, Present and Future

A plenary talk from SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation 2014

16 July 2014, SPIE Newsroom. DOI: 10.1117/2.3201407.16

John B. Hutchings, NRC - Herzberg Institute of AstrophysicsCanadian astronomers have participated in space astronomy since the first OAO missions in the 1960s and 1970s. Individual Canadian scientists have been members of HST instrument teams, and advisory groups for IUE and HEAO missions, as well as competing successfully for observing time on NASA, ESA, and Japanese astronomy satellites.

With the formation of the Canadian Space Agency, Canada became partner in the FUSE mission, the ISRO Astrosat, and the JWST, providing hardware and science team membership. The Canadian Astronomy Data centre was one of the three original world-wide archive distribution centres for HST, and now is involved in many space and ground-based data services.

In this plenary session, John B. Hutchings of the NRC Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics (Canada), describes this history, and reviews the technical and scientific capability that exist in Canada now. He also outlines prospects for the future, including a concept for a high resolution orbiting telescope that will fill the gap in high resolution UV astronomy when HST operations cease.

Hutchings has worked as a research scientist at the DAO since 1967. His involvement in space astronomy includes Copernicus, IUE, two HST instruments, the Einstein observatory, the FUSE mission, Astrosat, and JWST. He has served on advisory panels for NASA, ESA, ISRO, and has published extensive research based on space observations. He has served as Canadian project scientist for FUSE, UVIT, and JWST, and is on several teams for new projects and partnerships.