Nine-Paneled Mirror for ASTHROS
The mirror on NASA's Astrophysics Stratospheric Telescope for High Spectral Resolution Observations at Submillimeter-wavelengths mission,
The panels must be aligned to within 0.0001 inches (2.5 micrometers), or a fraction of the width of a human hair.
NASA contracted Media Lario, an optics company in Bosisio Parini, Italy, to design and produce ASTHROS' full telescope unit,
the process by which living stars disperse and reshape clouds of gas and dust that may eventually form new stars.
ASTHROS will look at several star-forming regions in our galaxy where feedback takes place
NASA's Scientific Balloon Program, and its Columbia Science Balloon Facility, in Palestine, Texas, will provide the balloon and launch services.
ASTHROS will be launched from NASA's Long Duration Balloon Facility in Antarctica, near McMurdo Station.