AAS Meeting #194 - Chicago, Illinois, May/June 1999
Session 18. Far IR/Submillimeter Interferometry in Space
Special, Oral, Monday, May 31, 1999, 10:00-11:30am, Grand Ballroom

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[18.01] Introduction: Future Science Opportunities and a Technology Roadmap

D. Leisawitz (NASA GSFC)

The Special Session on ``Far IR/Submillimeter Interferometry in Space'' will focus on the science potential of a mission that provides Hubble-class angular resolution and sensitivity in the spectral niche between the Next Generation Space Telescope (NGST) and the Millimeter Array (MMA), and the path that will lead us to such a mission. The science is compelling. The technology is within reach and, with community support now, could be demonstrated on a precursor mission within the next decade. Even the precursor mission would be more capable than any other existing or currently-planned FIR/submillimeter telescope. The goal is to launch a km-baseline facility-class instrument in the decade between 2010 and 2020.

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