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Opportunities for Astrophysical Science from the Inner and Outer Solar System

Zemcov, Michael and Bock, James and Chary, Ranga Ram and Shvartzvald, Yossi (2019) Opportunities for Astrophysical Science from the Inner and Outer Solar System. Astro2020 Science White Paper, . (Unpublished)

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Astrophysical measurements away from the 1 AU orbit of Earth can enable several astrophysical science cases that are challenging or impossible to perform from Earthbound platforms, including: building a detailed understanding of the extragalactic background light throughout the electromagnetic spectrum; measurements of the properties of dust and ice in the inner and outer solar system; determinations of the mass of planets and stellar remnants far from luminous stars using gravitational microlensing; and stable time-domain astronomy. Though potentially transformative for astrophysics, opportunities to fly instrumentation capable of these measurements are rare, and a mission to the distant solar system that includes instrumentation expressly designed to perform astrophysical science, or even one primarily for a different purpose but capable of precise astronomical investigation, has not yet been flown. In this White Paper, we describe the science motivations for this kind of measurement, and advocate for future flight opportunities that permit intersectional collaboration and cooperation to make these science investigations a reality.

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Zemcov, Michael0000-0001-8253-1451
Bock, James0000-0002-5710-5212
Chary, Ranga Ram0000-0001-7583-0621
Shvartzvald, Yossi0000-0003-1525-5041
Group:Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC), Astronomy Department
Series Name:Astro2020 Science White Paper
Record Number:CaltechAUTHORS:20191002-084225513
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ID Code:99003
Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:02 Oct 2019 16:02
Last Modified:03 Oct 2019 21:46

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