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Session 35 - Proposed Instruments and Programs.
Display session, Tuesday, June 09
Atlas Ballroom,

[35.06] A Far-Infrared Space Interferometer Mission Concept

J. Mather, D. Leisawitz, S. H. Moseley, R. Mushotzky (NASA/GSFC), P. Hacking (JPL/IPAC), M. Harwit (Cornell), D. Neufeld (JHU), D. Spergel (Princeton), E. Wright (UCLA)

In light of recent technical advances it is now practical to consider the possibility of placing a far-infrared interferometer in space early in the next century. Such a mission would provide unprecedented access to the far-IR (50 -- 300 microns) at high spatial resolution, enabling studies of primordial gas clouds collapsing to form the first galaxies, the chemical evolution of the universe, and detailed observations of dust-enshrouded Galactic protostars, star forming regions in nearby galaxies, and Active Galactic Nuclei. In this poster we describe a set of science goals, a mission concept, and the new technology required. All interested members of the community are invited to participate in our study.

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