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Millimetron super telescope

Italy and Russia make an agreement for a super telescope

Italy and Russia will jointly assemble the Millimetron super telescope. The announcement was made during the Italo-Russo summit at Villa Madama. In the presence of the heads of government of both countries, Enrico Saggese, the president of the Italian Space Agency, and Anatoly Nikolayevich Perminov, the head of the Russian agency ROSCOSMOS, signed an agreement regarding bilateral cooperation on the cosmological observation mission. As part of this agreement Italy will contribute the polarimetric spectrometer, one of Millimetrons principal instruments.
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The goal of the project is to construct space observatory operating in millimetre, sub-millimetre and infrared wavelength ranges using 12-m cryogenic telescope in a single-dish mode and as an interferometer with the space-ground and space-space baselines (the later after the launch of the second identical space telescope). The observatory will provide possibility to conduct astronomical observations with super high sensitivity (down to nanoJansky level) in a single dish mode, and observations with super high angular resolution in an interferometric mode.
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