Queloz-Mayor L2 Orbital Observatory

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This is a full spectrum telescope array orbiting the Sol at the Earth L2 Lagrange point. It was named for Didier Queloz and Michaels Mayor, the discoverers of the first extra-solar planets orbiting 51 Pegasi. Queloz-Mayor is comprised of six, six node telescope interferometer that are the equivalent in the optical spectrum of 10,000km mirror. Each array included a 10.5m optical telescope, a 300m radio telescope and high energy (X-ray and Gamma ray), ultra-violet (UV), infrared (IR) and far infrared (FIR) sensor arrays. It had an optical resolution of .000000001" (arcseconds) which was sufficient to resolve an image of Earth-sized planets at a distance of six light-years. The orbital observatory was a joint project of the Japanese and United States of America Space Agencies as part of the NASA Origins mission. Development began in 2012 CE and the observatory became fully operational March 13, 2021 CE. Eight years were spent in defining and organizing the first Origins Survey which began in 2029 CE and continued until 2049 CE (see – NASA Origins I Planetary Survey).

The two space agencies commissioned a review of the observatory’s performance in 2045 CE. The panel concurred that the observatory had performed beyond all expectation; however, the panel recommended that the continued success required making numerous improvements to the observatory and its ground-based infrastructure to reap continued benefits from its operation. The agencies accepted the recommendations of the commission and authorized the necessary funds in 2048 CE. Additional elements were added and upgrades were made to the sensor arrays that improved by five magnitudes in 2051 CE to 2053 CE and extended its resolving power for Earth-sized planets to 24.6 light-years (see – NASA Origins II Planetary Survey).

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