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Sachkov, Mikhail and Shustov, Boris and Gómez de Castro, Ana Inés (2014) WSO-UV project. Advances in space research, 53 (6). pp. 990-995. ISSN 0273-1177

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Abstract

During last three decades, astronomers have enjoyed continuous access to the 100-300 nm ultraviolet (UV) spectral range where the resonance transitions of the most abundant atoms and ions (at temperatures between 3000 and 300000 K) reside. This UV range is not accessible from ground-based facilities. The successful International Ultraviolet Explorer (IUE) observatory, the Russian ASTRON mission and successor instruments such as the Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) mission or the COS and STIS spectrographs on-board the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) prove the major impact of observations in the UV wavelength range in modern astronomy. Future access to space-based observatories is expected to be very limited. For the next decade, the post-HST era, the World Space Observatory Ultraviolet (WSO-UV) will be the only 2-m class UV telescope with capabilities similar to the HST. WSO-UV will be equipped with instruments for imaging and spectroscopy and it will be a facility dedicated, full-time, to UV astronomy. In this article, we briefly outline the current status of the WSO-UV mission and the science management plan.


Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Instrumentation: spectrographs; Space vehicles: instruments; Ultraviolet: general
Subjects:Sciences > Mathematics > Astrophysics
Sciences > Mathematics > Astronomy
ID Code:26205
Deposited On:08 Jul 2014 11:13
Last Modified:08 Jul 2014 11:13

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