AAS Meeting #194 - Chicago, Illinois, May/June 1999
Session 98. Next Generation Space Telescope Town Meeting
Special, Oral, Thursday, June 3, 1999, 2:00-3:30pm, International Ballroom North

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[98.02] NGST Studies in Europe

P. Jakobsen (Astrophysics Division, European Space Agency, ESTEC)

The European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA are presently working toward extending their successful collaboration on HST to NGST. The envisaged ESA/NASA NGST collaboration conforms closely to the HST model; i.e. it assumes that a key component of ESA's hardware contribution will be in the form of a scientific instrument, augmented by contributions to the spacecraft and operations. ESA is currently sponsoring five industrial and internal studies of various NGST instrument, telescope and spacecraft components aimed at identifying ESA's potential hardware contributions to the mission. The status of these studies and the upcoming major decision points for Europe’s participation in the mission will be briefly summarized.

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