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

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  12 April 2016

Scott D. Horner
Affiliation:
U.S. Naval Observatory, 3450 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20392-5420, USA
Marvin E. Germain
Affiliation:
U.S. Naval Observatory, PO Box 1149, Flagstaff, AZ 86002-1149, USA
Thomas P. Greene
Affiliation:
NASA Ames Research Center, M.S. 245-6, Moffett Field, CA 94035-1000, USA
Fred H. Harris
Affiliation:
U.S. Naval Observatory, PO Box 1149, Flagstaff, AZ 86002-1149, USA
Mark S. Johnson
Affiliation:
Naval Research Laboratory, Code 8100, 4555 Overlook Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20375-5000, USA
Kenneth J. Johnston
Affiliation:
U.S. Naval Observatory, 3450 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20392-5420, USA
David G. Monet
Affiliation:
U.S. Naval Observatory, PO Box 1149, Flagstaff, AZ 86002-1149, USA
Marc A. Murison
Affiliation:
U.S. Naval Observatory, 3450 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20392-5420, USA
James D. Phillips
Affiliation:
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, 60 Garden St., Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
Robert D. Reasenberg
Affiliation:
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, 60 Garden St., Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
P. Kenneth Seidelmann
Affiliation:
U.S. Naval Observatory, 3450 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20392-5420, USA
Sean E. Urban
Affiliation:
U.S. Naval Observatory, 3450 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20392-5420, USA
Richard H. Vassar
Affiliation:
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space Advanced Technology Center, 3251 Hanover St., Palo Alto, CA 94304-1191, USA
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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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Part 1. Large Scale Surveys: Present and Future
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