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The Full-Sky Astrometric Mapping Explorer – Distances and Photometry of 40 Million Stars

  • Scott D. Horner (a1), Marvin E. Germain (a2), Thomas P. Greene (a3), Fred H. Harris (a2), Mark S. Johnson (a4), Kenneth J. Johnston (a1), David G. Monet (a2), Marc A. Murison (a1), James D. Phillips (a5), Robert D. Reasenberg (a5), P. Kenneth Seidelmann (a1), Sean E. Urban (a1) and Richard H. Vassar (a6)...

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The Full-sky Astrometric Mapping Explorer (FAME) is designed to perform an all-sky, astrometric survey with unprecedented accuracy. It will create a rigid astrometric catalog of 4 × 107 stars with 5 < mV < 15. For bright stars, 5 < mV < 9, FAME will determine positions and parallaxes accurate to < 50 μas, with proper motion errors < 50 μas/yr. For fainter stars, 9 < mV < 15, FAME will determine positions and parallaxes accurate to < 500 μas, with proper motion errors < 500 μas/yr. It will also collect photometric data on these 4 × 107 stars in four Sloan Digital Sky Survey colors. NASA selected FAME to be one of five MIDEX missions funded for a concept study. In October 1999, NASA selected FAME for launch in 2004 as the MIDEX-4 mission in its Explorer program.

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