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Title: Balloon-Borne Telescopes for Planetary Science: Imaging and Photometry
Primary Author: Eliot F. Young
Secondary Author(s): Charles Hibbitts, Joshua Emery, Amanda Hendrix, William Merline, William Grundy, Kurt Retherford
Institution: Southwest Research Institute
Summary: This white paper advocates the use of balloon-borne telescopes for diffraction-limited imaging in visible wavelengths by demonstrating their technical readiness and low cost relative to space- and ground-based facilities.
Panel Selection: Inner Planets: Mercury, Venus, and the Moon.
Mars: Not Phobos and Deimos.
Giant Planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and exoplanets, including rings and magnetic fields, but not their satellites.
Satellites: Galilean satellites, Titan, and the other satellites of the giant planets.
Primitive Bodies: Asteroids, comets, Phobos, Deimos, Pluto/Charon and other Kuiper belt objects, meteorites, and interplanetary dust.
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