Another servicing mission to extend hubble space telescope's science past the next decade

Mercedes López-Morales, Kevin France, Francesco R. Ferraro, Rupali Chandar, Steven Finkelstein, Stephane Charlot, Gilda Ballester, Melina C. Bersten, Jose M. Diego, Gastón Folatelli, Domingo García-Senz, Mauro Giavalisco, Rolf A. Jansen, Patrick L. Kelly, Thomas Maccarone, Seth Redfield, Pilar Ruiz-Lapuente, Steve Shore, Nitya Kallivayalil, Munazza K. AlamJuan Manuel Alcalá, Jay Anderson, Daniel Angerhausen, Francesca Annibali, Dániel Apai, David Ardila, Santiago Arribas, Hakim Atek, Thomas R. Ayres, Francesca Bacciotti, Beatriz Barbuy, Joanna K. Barstow, Nate Bastian, Natasha E. Batalha, Matthew Bayliss, Jacob L. Bean, Giacomo Beccari, Tracy M. Becker, Peter Behroozi, Michele Bellazzini, Andrea Bellini, Björn Benneke, Danielle A. Berg, Marco Berton, Sergi Blanco-Cuaresma, Bertrand Bonfond, Stefano Borgani, Vincent Bourrier, Angela Bragaglia, Jonathan Brande, Giovanni Bruno, Andy Bunker, Joseph N. Burchett, Ivan Cabrera-Ziri, Mario Cadelano, Nelson Caldwell, Aarynn Carter, Salvatore Capozziello, Roberto Capuzzodolcetta, Ludmila Carone, Santi Cassisi, Marco Castellano, Jessie L. Christiansen, Andrea Cimatti, Paula Coelho, Karen Collins, Knicole Colon, Thierry Contini, Enrico Corongiu, Enrico Maria Corsini, Nicolas B. Cowan, Denija Crnojević, Håkon Dahle, Emanuele Dalessandro, Elena Dalla Bontà, Daniele Dallacasa, Filippo Dammando, Stefano Oliveira de Souza, Scilla Degl'Innocenti, Domitilla de Martino, Andrés del Pino, Antonaldo Diaferio, Tiziana Di Salvo, Chuanfei Dong, Leonardo A. dos Santos, Andrew Dolphin, Aaron Dotter, William Dunn, Andrea Dupree, David Ehrenreich, David Elbaz, Sylvia Ekström, Catherine Espaillat, Néstor Espinoza, Alexander Fritz, Adriano Fontana, Luigi Foschini, Luca Fossati, Thierry Fouchet, Marijn Franx, Cynthia S. Froning, Flavio Fusi Pecci, Carmen Gallart, Giuseppe Galletta, Davide Gandolfi, Peter Gao, Miriam Garcia, Antonio García Muñoz, John E. Gizis, Jayesh M. Goyal, Or Graur, Maximilian N. Günther, Nimish Hathi, Craig Heinke, David Hendel, Gregory W. Henry, Gregory Herczeg, Ricardo Hueso, Sean D. Johnson, Lisa Kaltenegger, Margarita Karovska, Jeyhan Kartaltepe, Eliza Kempton, John Kielkopf, James Kirk, Edwin S. Kite, Heather A. Knutson, Laura Kreidberg, Fabio la Franca, Alvaro Labiano, Laurent Lamy, Lauranne Lanz, Barbara Lanzoni, Soeren Larsen, Baptiste Lavie, Charles J. Law, Vianney Lebouteiller, Alain Lecavelier des Etangs, Jérémy Leconte, Olivier Le Fèvre, Nicolas Lehner, Matthew D. Lehnert, Monika Lendl, Nikole Lewis, Mattia Libralato, Jorge Lillo-Box, Michael R. Line, Eric Lopez, Joshua Lothringer, R. O. Parke Loyd, Meredith A. MacGregor, Jesús Maíz Apellániz, Carlo F. Manara, Luigi Mancini, Filippo Mannucci, Megan Mansfield, Massimo Marengo, Paola Marigo, Francesca Matteucci, Elena Mason, Davide Massari, Pasquale Mazzotta, Edward McClain, Chima McGruder, Kristen B.W. McQuinn, Marco Merafina, Roberto Mignani, Thomas Mikal-Evans, Antonino P. Milone, Karan Molaverdikhani, Alessio Mucciarelli, Rohan P. Naidu, Giampiero Naletto, Domenico Nardiello, David Nataf, Roberto Nesci, Nikolay Nikolov, Mario Nonino, Achille Nucita, Livia Origlia, Sergio Ortolani, Luisa Ostorero, Cristina Pallanca, Vivien Parmentier, Jay Pasachoff, George G. Pavlov, Sibilla Perina, Marshall D. Perrin, Giampaolo Piotto, Valerio Pirronello, Lucia Pozzetti, Benjamin V. Rackham, Marc Rafelski, Emily Rauscher, Joseph Ribaudo, R. Michael Rich, Johan Richard, Harvey Richer, Reed Riddle, Liliana Rivera Sandoval, Giulia Rodighiero, Joseph E. Rodriguez, Giuseppe Romeo, Michael J. Rutkowski, Maurizio Salaris, Agustín Sánchez-Lavega, Nicoletta Sanna, Ata Sarajedini, Riccardo Schiavon, Everett Schlawin, Daniel Schaerer, Eric M. Schlegel, Giancarlo Setti, Keren Sharon, Evgenya Shkolnik, Joshua D. Simon, David K. Sing, John Southworth, Alessandro Spagna, Ian W. Stephens, Kevin Stevenson, Andrew Szentgyorgyi, Sandro Tacchella, Jake Taylor, Johanna Teske, Kamen O. Todorov, Monica Tosi, Tommaso Treu, Todd Tripp, Elena Valenti, Olivia Venot, Anne Verbiscer, Enrico Vesperini, Alfred Vidal-Madjar, Angeles Perez Villegas, Saeqa D. Vrtilek, Hannah R. Wakeford, Q. Daniel Wang, Ian C. Weaver, Andrew Wetzel, Benjamin F. Williams, Jennifer G. Winters, Julien de Wit, Aida Wofford, Allison Youngblood, Manuela Zoccali, David R. Zurek, Robert T. Zellem

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Abstract

The Hubble Space Telescope has produced astonishing science over the past thirty years. Hubble's productivity can continue to soar for years to come provided some worn out components get upgraded. While powerful new ground-based and space telescopes are expected to come online over the next decade, none of them will have the UV capabilities that make Hubble a unique observatory. Without Hubble, progress in UV and blue optical astrophysics will be halted. Observations at these wavelengths are key for a range of unresolved astrophysics questions, ranging from the characterization of solar system planets to understanding interaction of galaxies with the intergalactic medium and the formation history of the universe. Hubble will remain our only source of high-angular resolution UV imaging and high-sensitivity UV spectroscopy for the next two decades, offering the ability for continued unique science and maximizing the science return from complementary observatories. Therefore, we recommend that NASA, ESA, and the private sector study the scientific merit, technical feasibility, and risk of a new servicing mission to Hubble to boost its orbit, fix aging components and expand its instrumentation. Doing so would: 1) keep Hubble on its path to reach its full potential, 2) extend the mission's lifetime past the next decade, which will maximize the synergy of Hubble with other upcoming facilities, and 3) enable and enhance the continuation of scientific discoveries in UV and optical astrophysics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalUnknown Journal
StatePublished - Jul 10 2019

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