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10 August 2010 Nano-JASMINE: current status and data output
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The current status of the Nano-JASMINE project is reported. Nano-JASMINE is a very small-sized (50 cm cubic form) satellite that is expected to carry out astrometric observations of nearby bright stars. The satellite will determine distances of more than 8000 stars by performing annual parallax measurements, which is the only direct method to measure the distance of an astronomical object. The mission is required to continue for more than two years to obtain reliable annual parallax measurements. In addition, Nano-JASMINE will serve as a preliminary to the main JASMINE mission. We expect that Nano-JASMINE will be launched in August 2011 from the Alcantara Space Center in Brazil using the Cyclone-4 rocket.
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Yukiyasu Kobayashi, Taihei Yano, Naoteru Gouda, Yoshito Niwa, Jyunpei Murooka, Yoshiyuki Yamada, Nobutada Sako, and Shin'ichi Nakasuka "Nano-JASMINE: current status and data output", Proc. SPIE 7731, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 77313Z (10 August 2010);

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