The Origins Space Telescope

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Posted: Friday, September 21, 2018

Cara Battersby, Lee Armus, Edwin Bergin, Tiffany Kataria, Margaret Meixner, Alexandra Pope, Kevin B. Stevenson, Asantha Cooray, David Leisawitz, Douglas Scott, James Bauer, C. Matt Bradford, Kimberly Ennico, Jonathan J. Fortney, Lisa Kaltenegger, Gary J. Melnick, Stefanie N. Milam, Desika Narayanan, Deborah Padgett, Klaus Pontoppidan, Thomas Roellig, Karin Sandstrom, Kate Y. L. Su, Joaquin Vieira, Edward Wright, Jonas Zmuidzinas, Johannes Staguhn, Kartik Sheth, Dominic Benford, Eric E. Mamajek, Susan G. Neff, Sean Carey, Denis Burgarella, Elvire De Beck, Maryvonne Gerin, Frank P. Helmich, S. Harvey Moseley, Itsuki Sakon, Martina C. Wiedner
(Submitted on 19 Sep 2018)

The Origins Space Telescope, one of four large Mission Concept studies sponsored by NASA for review in the 2020 US Astrophysics Decadal Survey, will open unprecedented discovery space in the infrared, unveiling our cosmic origins. We briefly describe in this article the key science themes and architecture for OST. With a sensitivity gain of up to a factor of 1,000 over any previous or planned mission, OST will open unprecedented discovery space, allow us to peer through an infrared window teeming with possibility. OST will fundamentally change our understanding of our cosmic origins - from the growth of galaxies and black holes, to uncovering the trail of water, to life signs in nearby Earth-size planets, and discoveries never imagined. Built to be highly adaptable, while addressing key science across many areas of astrophysics, OST will usher in a new era of infrared astronomy.

Comments:    Published in Nature Astronomy. This 7-page PDF is the submitted version - here is a free link to the published article: this https URL
Subjects:    Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics (astro-ph.IM); Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP); Astrophysics of Galaxies (astro-ph.GA); Solar and Stellar Astrophysics (astro-ph.SR)
Journal reference:    Nature Astronomy, Volume 2, p. 596-599, August 2018
DOI:    10.1038/s41550-018-0540-y
Cite as:    arXiv:1809.07351 [astro-ph.IM] (or arXiv:1809.07351v1 [astro-ph.IM] for this version)
Submission history
From: Cara Battersby 
[v1] Wed, 19 Sep 2018 18:02:59 GMT (6758kb)

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