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Space telescopes through philanthropic support

Philanthropic donations are a significant contribution to the betterment of humankind, with a large percentage dedicated to science and education. Affordable small satellites may offer philanthropists the opportunity to give students and underprivileged communities access to small space telescopes.

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Fig. 1: Telescope developed for small satellites.

Thales Alenia Space.


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Correspondence to Luca Maresi or Alessandro Zuccaro Marchi.

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Maresi, L., Zuccaro Marchi, A. Space telescopes through philanthropic support. Nat Astron 4, 1019–1021 (2020).

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