Origins space telescope: from first light to life
Journal article, 2021

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.

Star and planet formation

ESA Voyage2050

Spaceborn astrophysics

Exoplanets

Mm- and sub-mm astronomy

Galaxy evolution

Author

M.C. Wiedner

Paris Observatory

Susanne Aalto

Chalmers, Space, Earth and Environment, Astronomy and Plasmaphysics

Lee Armus

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

E. A. Bergin

University of Michigan

J. Birkby

University of Amsterdam

C. Matt Bradford

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

Denis Burgarella

Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille

P. Caselli

Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics

V. Charmandaris

University of Crete

A. Cooray

University of California at Irvine (UCI)

Elvire de Beck

Chalmers, Space, Earth and Environment, Astronomy and Plasmaphysics

J. M. Desert

University of Amsterdam

M. Gerin

Paris Observatory

J.R. Goicoechea

Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Cientificas y Tecnicas

Matt Griffin

Cardiff University

P. Hartogh

MPI for Solar System Research

F. Helmich

University of Groningen

M. Hogerheijde

Leiden University

L. K. Hunt

Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory

A. Karska

Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika w Toruniu

Q. Kral

Paris Observatory

David Leisawitz

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

G. J. Melnick

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Margaret Meixner

Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

M. Matsuura

Cardiff University

S. Milam

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

C. Pearson

STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

Dominic W. Pesce

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Klaus Pontoppidan

Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

Alexandra Pope

University of Massachusetts

D. Rigopoulou

University of Oxford

Thomas Roellig

NASA Ames Research Center

Itsuki Sakon

University of Tokyo

Johannes Staguhn

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Kevin B. Stevenson

Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

Experimental Astronomy

0922-6435 (ISSN) 1572-9508 (eISSN)

Vol. In Press

Subject Categories

Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology

DOI

10.1007/s10686-021-09782-0

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10/1/2021