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Origins space telescope: from first light to life

Wiedner, M. C., Aalto, S., Armus, L., Bergin, E., Birkby, J., Bradford, C. M., Burgarella, D., Caselli, P., Charmandaris, V., Cooray, A., De Beck, E., Desert, J. M., Gerin, M., Goicoechea, J., Griffin, M. ORCID:, Hartogh, P., Helmich, F., Hogerheijde, M., Hunt, L., Karska, A., Kral, Q., Leisawitz, D., Melnick, G., Meixner, M., Matsuura, M., Milam, S., Pearson, C., Pesce, D. W., Pontoppidan, K. M., Pope, A., Rigopoulou, D., Roellig, T., Sakon, I., Staguhn, J. and Stevenson, K. 2021. Origins space telescope: from first light to life. Experimental Astronomy 51 (3) , pp. 595-624. 10.1007/s10686-021-09782-0

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The Origins Space Telescope (Origins) is one of four science and technology definition studies selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in preparation of the 2020 Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal survey in the US. Origins will trace the history of our origins from the time dust and heavy elements permanently altered the cosmic landscape to present-day life. It is designed to answer three major science questions: How do galaxies form stars, make metals, and grow their central supermassive black holes from reionization? How do the conditions for habitability develop during the process of planet formation? Do planets orbiting M-dwarf stars support life? Origins operates at mid- to far-infrared wavelengths from ~ 2.8 μm to 588 μm, and is more than 1000 times more sensitive than prior far-IR missions due to its cold (~ 4.5 K) aperture and state-of-the-art instruments.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Additional Information: This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 0922-6435
Funders: STFC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 19 November 2021
Date of Acceptance: 31 March 2021
Last Modified: 16 May 2023 01:19

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