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Paper: The Full-sky Astrometric Mapping Explorer - Astrometry for the New Millennium
Volume: 194, Working on the Fringe: Optical and IR Interferometry from Ground and Space
Page: 114
Authors: Horner, S. D.; Germain, M. E.; Greene, T. P.; Harris, F. H.; Johnson, M. S.; Johnson, K. J.; Monet, D. G.; Murison, M. A.; Phillips, J. D.; Reasenberg, R. D.; Seidelmann, P. K.; Urban, S. E.; Vassar, R. H.
Abstract: FAME is designed to perform an all-sky, astrometric survey with unprecedented accuracy. It will create a rigid astrometric catalog of ~40,000,000 stars with visual band magnitudes 5 < V < 15. For bright stars, 5 < V < 9, FAME will determine positions and parallaxes accurate to < 50 microarcseconds, with proper motion errors < 50 microarcseconds/year. For fainter stars, 9 < V < 15, FAME will determine positions and parallaxes accurate to < 300 microarcseconds, with proper motion errors < 300 microarcseconds/year. It will also collect photometric data on these 40,000,000 stars in four Sloan DSS colors. The FAME data will provide a rigid, accurate, optical, astrometric grid. The proper motion data, combined with Hipparcos and other data should be ideal for use by the Space Interferometry Mission (SIM) to select its astrometric reference grid stars. FAME will also identify stars with nonlinear proper motions as candidates for further study by SIM, Terrestrial Planet Finder, and future ground based interferometers as possible planetary systems. The fundamental astrometric data provided at relatively low cost by FAME will help optimize the scientific return from these future projects. This is in addition to the considerable direct scientific return from FAME. It will redefine the extragalactic distance scale and provide a large, rich database of information on stellar properties that will enable numerous science investigations into stellar structure and evolution, the dynamics of the Milky Way, and stellar companions including brown dwarfs and giant planets. NASA has selected the Full-sky Astrometric Mapping Explorer (FAME) to be one of five MIDEX missions to be funded for a concept study. This concept study will be submitted to NASA on 18 June, with final selection, scheduled for September, of two of these missions for fli ght in 2003 or 2004. FAME is a joint development e ffort of the U.S. Naval Observatory, the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space, the Naval Research Laboratory, and Omitron Incorporated.
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