Status Report

Transformative Planetary Science with the US ELT Program

By SpaceRef Editor
September 17, 2020
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Michael H. Wong, Karen J. Meech, Mark Dickinson, Thomas Greathouse, Richard J. Cartwright, Nancy Chanover, Matthew S. Tiscareno

The proposed US Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) Program would secure national open access to at least 25% of the observing time on the Thirty Meter Telescope in the north and the Giant Magellan Telescope in the south. ELTs would advance solar system science via exceptional angular resolution, sensitivity, and advanced instrumentation. ELT contributions would include the study of interstellar objects, giant planet systems and ocean worlds, the formation of the solar system traced through small objects in the asteroid and Kuiper belts, and the active support of planetary missions. We recommend that (1) the US ELT Program be listed as critical infrastructure for solar system science, that (2) some support from NASA be provided to ensure mission support capabilities, and that (3) the US ELT Program expand solar-system community participation in development, planning, and operations.

Subjects: Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics (astro-ph.IM); Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP)

Cite as: arXiv:2009.08029 [astro-ph.IM] (or arXiv:2009.08029v1 [astro-ph.IM] for this version)

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From: Richard Cartwright

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