12 October 2004 Telescope and focal plane instrumentation for the ORION MIDEX Mission
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To fulfill the National Aeronautic and Space Administration's some of the goals of the Origins program, we present the candidate Middle Class Explorer, ORION. ORION will image all the nearby star forming regions at high resolution at several astrophysically relevant emission lines. By imaging the nearby star forming regions ORION will answer profound questions about the origin of stars like the Sun, and therefore the planets that may contain life elsewhere in the universe. To compete with existing instruments, both in space and on the ground, we make use of new technologies and our ability to optimize the design for a single purpose.
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Matthew Beasley, Jon A. Morse, Paul A. Scowen, "Telescope and focal plane instrumentation for the ORION MIDEX Mission", Proc. SPIE 5487, Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Space Telescopes, (12 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.550639; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.550639

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