Observatories in Earth Orbit and Beyond

Proceedings of the 123RD Colloquium of the International Astronomical Union, Held in Greenbelt, Maryland, U.S.A., April 24–27,1990

  • Y. Kondo
Conference proceedings

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 166)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Current Missions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Albert Boggess
      Pages 3-7
    3. J. C. Mather, M. G. Hauser, C. L. Bennett, N. W. Boggess, E. S. Cheng, R. E. Eplee Jr. et al.
      Pages 9-18
    4. M. G. Hauser, T. Kelsall, H. Moseley, R. Silverberg, T. L. Murdock, J. C. Mather et al.
      Pages 19-19
    5. R. Sunyaev
      Pages 21-25
    6. F. Makino
      Pages 41-48
  3. Future Missions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Missions

      1. J. Trümper
        Pages 61-62
      2. Donald A. Kniffen
        Pages 63-70
      3. M. C. Weisskopf
        Pages 71-79
      4. Y. Tanaka
        Pages 81-87
      5. H. V. Bradt, A. M. Levine, E. H. Morgan, R. A. Remillard, J. H. Swank, B. L. Dingus et al.
        Pages 89-110
      6. B. G. Taylor, A. Peacock
        Pages 129-140
      7. R. C. Butler, L. Scarsi
        Pages 141-150
    3. Ultraviolet Missions

      1. Stuart Bowyer
        Pages 153-169
      2. G. Krämer, J. Barnstedt, N. Eberhard, M. Grewing, W. Gringel, C. Haas et al.
        Pages 177-184
      3. Y. Kondo
        Pages 185-190
    4. Infrared and Submillimeter Missions

      1. Giovanni G. Fazio, Peter Eisenhardt
        Pages 193-203
      2. C. J. Cesarsky, M. F. Kessler
        Pages 205-214
      3. Toshio Matsumoto
        Pages 215-222
      4. T. G. Phillips
        Pages 231-249
      5. G. J. Melnick
        Pages 251-251
    5. Radio Missions

      1. R. T. Schilizzi
        Pages 255-262
      2. H. Hirabayashi
        Pages 263-269
      3. R. P. Linfield
        Pages 271-274
    6. Solar System & Planetary Systems

      1. G. Neukum
        Pages 286-286
      2. Eugene H. Levy, George D. Gatewood, Richard J. Terrile
        Pages 287-287
    7. Shuttle-Borne Astro Missions

      1. A. D. Code, K. H. Nordsieck, C. M. Anderson
        Pages 291-291
      2. A. Davidsen
        Pages 292-292
      3. T. P. Stecher
        Pages 293-293
      4. P. J. Serlemitsos
        Pages 294-294
    8. Interplanetary Missions

      1. Geoffrey A. Briggs
        Pages 297-306
      2. D. E. Page, R. G. Marsden, E. J. Smith, K.-P. Wenzel
        Pages 307-313
    9. Data Analysis Activities

  4. Launch Vehicles

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 323-323
    2. Current & “Near” Future

      1. Robert B. Krause
        Pages 325-332
      2. J. Feustel-Buechel, W. Wamsteker
        Pages 333-338
      3. Yasuo Tanaka
        Pages 339-342
      4. Y. Kondo
        Pages 343-343
    3. “Long-Term” Future

About these proceedings


When I became President of International Astronomical Union Commission 44 for the triennial period 1985-1988, several members of the Organizing Committee and I agreed that it would be a good idea for our Commission to host a conference on observatories in space in view of their increasingly important role in astronomi cal research. IAU Colloquium Number 123 "Observatories in Earth Orbit and Beyond" is the first colloquium sponsored by IAU Com mission 44 on Astronomy from Space, although Commission 44 has co-sponsored numerous colloquia and symposia in the past. The past two decades have seen a flourishing of astronomical observatories in space. Over a dozen orbiting observatories have opened up a new window on the universe, providing hitherto una vailable data in the electromagnetic spectral range from gamma-ray, X-ray, ultraviolet to infrared and radio. This has clearly demon­ strated the crucial nature of astronomical observations from space. The invited talks of present colloquium consist primarily of reviews of currently operating observatories in space, future observatories that have been approved by sponsoring government or space agencies, the launch systems of U.S.A., E.S.A., U.S.S.R. and Japan, discussions of various orbits and sites (such as the Moon), and alternate approaches in designing space observatories. Several panel discus­ sions addressed those issues as well as the major unsolved problems of astronomy. Contributed poster papers included descriptions of space observatories that are in planning stage.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Y. Kondo
    • 1
  1. 1.NASA/Goddard Space Flight CenterGreenbeltUSA

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  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-5528-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-3454-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0067-0057
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