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Session 80 - Education, Green Flashes and Future Missions.
Oral session, Thursday, June 11

[80.08] Prospects for a Wide Field CCD Camera Aboard NGST

D. A. Golimowski, H. C. Ford, Z. I. Tsvetanov (JHU), C. J. Burrows, J. E. Krist, R. L. White, M. Clampin, M. Rafal, G. Hartig (STScI)

The importance of a Next Generation Space Telescope (NGST) for studying the infrared universe has often overshadowed NGST's potential benefit to optical astronomy. As currently envisioned, NGST could also provide views of the visible universe with resolution and sensitivity that are unmatched by any existing ground- or space-based observatory. We discuss the scientific advantages and technical feasibility of placing a wide-field CCD camera aboard NGST. Using simulated data, we compare the imaging performance of such a camera with that achieved or expected with the Keck Telescope and the HST Advanced Camera for Surveys. Finally, we discuss the technical challenges of temperature regulation and radiation shielding for a CCD camera in the NGST environment.

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