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2015 Optical Engineering + Applications | Call for Papers

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A stratospheric balloon platform for rapid response comet images

The Balloon Observation Platform for Planetary Science mission is the first stratospheric balloon observatory to obtain images of a comet, enabling new studies of astronomical objects.

A novel technique involves a deterministic material addition and removal method to enable sputtering of dual-phase materials.
18 December 2014

A large stress-polishing machine and a large cryo-vacuum chamber have recently been built at the Laboratory of Astrophysics of Marseille to support major projects.

5 December 2014

Novel combinations of polishing techniques on fused silica substrates produce super-polished mirrors with effective surface roughness of 0.25nm.

2 December 2014

In-flight radiometric calibration procedures will be used to track changes in instrument throughput during the mission and to verify pre-flight laboratory tests.

1 December 2014

A mission proposed to the European Space Agency would measure the molecular content and temperature of exoplanet atmospheres to provide the first comprehensive picture of their chemistry.

24 November 2014
John Mather: JWST will continue the exploration of the early universe