The Origins Space Telescope (OST) will trace the history of our origins from the time dust and heavy elements permanently altered the cosmic landscape to present-day life. How did the universe evolve in response to its changing ingredients? How common are life-bearing planets? To accomplish its scientific objectives, OST will operate at mid- and far-infrared wavelengths and offer superlative sensitivity and new spectroscopic capabilities. The OST study team will present a scientifically compelling, executable mission concept to the 2020 Decadal Survey in Astrophysics. To understand the concept solution space, our team studied two alternative mission concepts. We report on the study approach and describe both of these concepts, give the rationale for major design decisions, and briefly describe the mission-enabling technology.
D. Leisawitz, E. Amatucci, R. Carter, M. DiPirro, A. Flores, J. Staguhn, C. Wu, L. Allen, J. Arenberg, L. Armus, C. Battersby, J. Bauer, R. Bell, P. Beltran, D. Benford, E. Bergin, C. M. Bradford, D. Bradley, D. Burgarella, S. Carey, D. Chi, A. Cooray, J. Corsetti, E. De Beck, K. Denis, L. Dewell, M. East, S. Edgington, K. Ennico, L. Fantano, G. Feller, D. Folta, J. Fortney, J. Generie, M. Gerin, Z. Granger, G. Harpole, K. Harvey, F. Helmich, L. Hilliard, J. Howard, M. Jacoby, A. Jamil, T. Kataria, S. Knight, P. Knollenberg, P. Lightsey, S. Lipscy, E. Mamajek, G. Martins, M. Meixner, G. Melnick, S. Milam, T. Mooney, S. H. Moseley, D. Narayanan, S. Neff, T. Nguyen, A. Nordt, J. Olson, D. Padgett, M. Petach, S. Petro, J. Pohner, K. Pontoppidan, A. Pope, D. Ramspacher, T. Roellig, I. Sakon, C. Sandin, K. Sandstrom, D. Scott, K. Sheth, J. Steeves, K. Stevenson, L. Stokowski, E. Stoneking, K. Su, K. Tajdaran, S. Tompkins, J. Vieira, C. Webster, M. Wiedner, E. L. Wright, and J. Zmuidzinas, "The Origins Space Telescope: mission concept overview," Proc. SPIE 10698, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 1069815 (Presented at SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation: June 12, 2018; Published: 24 July 2018); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2313823.
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