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Instrumentation for Producing Groundbreaking Planetary & Astrophysical Science on an Interstellar Probe Mission (Planetary Science White Paper)

Abstract : Astrophysical measurements at distances outside of 50 AU from the Sun enable transformative science that are impossible to obtain from inner system platforms, such as a: Complete census of all interplanetary dust and ice permeating the solar system, and direct comparison of its distribution to exo-circumstellar disks; Stable time-domain astronomy of exoplanet transit lightcurves, exoplanet microlensing events, supernova explosions, and black hole mergers; and Measurement of all the light created by planets, stars, and galaxies over the entire history of the Universe. A single powerful instrument could be used to obtain these measurements, and to perform New Horizons-style flybys of dwarf planets & KBOs, potentially doubling the number of these kinds of worlds that have been visited and studied in great detail [1]. Though likely transformative, 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 has never been flown. The proposed Interstellar Probe Mission (ISP; [2-5]) provides just such an opportunity for launch in 2030. In this White Paper, we describe an instrument concept to ride along on a Heliospheric Division Interstellar Probe Mission that would enable groundbreaking science via cross-divisional collaboration and cooperation within NASA (c.f. [6]).
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Carey Lisse, Michael Zemcov, Kathleen Mandt, Kirby Runyon, Caitlin Ahrens, et al.. Instrumentation for Producing Groundbreaking Planetary & Astrophysical Science on an Interstellar Probe Mission (Planetary Science White Paper). 2020. ⟨insu-03133642⟩

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