Volume 94 Issue 32 | p. 8 | Concentrates
Issue Date: August 8, 2016

How carbon nanotubes could help make tiny space telescopes

NASA is designing telescope optics with nanotubes to fit inside centimeter-scale CubeSats
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Nano SCENE, Materials SCENE
Keywords: nanomaterials, carbon, nanotube, telescope, CubeSat

Telescope mirrors made with carbon nanotubes could soon turn small satellites known as CubeSats into space-based observatories. Researchers at Goddard Space Flight Center led by Theodor Kostiuk and Peter C. Chen are now characterizing the mirrors’ optical performance over a range of wavelengths, NASA announced last month. And should the mirrors survive upcoming terrestrial tests . . .

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