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In this issue of Photonics Focus, we look at space-based astronomy missions, from short-term cubesats—which can be designed, built, and launched within a couple of years—to the GRACE satellite series, which has allowed astronomers to observe surface mass changes to Earth’s polar ice and water for decades. The longest-term mission described is STROBE-X, an X-ray astronomy mission that is at the same stage of development as the James Webb Space Telescope was in 1996.

Select articles are available online but the complete issue is downloadable as a PDF.

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Launched in 2020, Photonics Focus® is the new award-winning SPIE Membership magazine. Articles showcase scientific discovery and innovative real-world applications of optics and photonics.

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