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An examination of the opportunities that space flight will afford astronomers and of the importance of properly planning space exploration. Astronomy's principal concern-the study of light from celestial bodies-may be carried out from satellite and lunar observatories and by means of interplanetary probes. This science will benefit from the exchange of information with new disciplines such as space physics, planetology, and astrobiology. Some tentative principles of exploration are advanced.

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