Observing outer planet satellites (except Titan) with the James Webb Space Telescope: Science justification and observational requirements

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Abstract

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will allow observations with a unique combination of spectral, spatial, and temporal resolution for the study of outer planet satellites within our Solar System. We highlight the infrared spectroscopy of icy moons and temporal changes on geologically active satellites as two particularly valuable avenues of scientific inquiry. While some care must be taken to avoid saturation issues, JWST has observation modes that should provide excellent infrared data for such studies.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Observing outer planet satellites (except Titan) with the James Webb Space Telescope: Science justification and observational requirements
Series title Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
DOI 10.1088/1538-3873/128/959/018006
Volume 128
Issue 959
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Contributing office(s) Astrogeology Science Center
Description Article 018006; 8 p.
First page 1
Last page 8
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Additional Online Files (Y/N) N