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NICMOS: the next U.S. infrared space mission
Author(s): Rodger I. Thompson
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Paper Abstract

The near IR camera and multi-object spectrometer (NICMOS), is a new instrument for the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). NICMOS provides opportunities for near IR astrophysical investigations with HST in the 0.8 - 2.5 micrometers spectral region. NICMOS contains three cameras at different spatial resolutions for imaging, grisms for multi-object spectroscopy, polarizers for polarimetry, and a coronagraphic spot and mask for coronagraphic imaging. A solid nitrogen dewar maintains the three 256 x 256 pixel HgCdTe detectors at their operating temperature of 58K for five years. NICMOS is the next US IR space mission, scheduled on STS Mission 91 in March 1997. It is anticipated that the European ISO mission will be launched and operational by that time and that joint observational programs with the two instruments will be possible.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 1994
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2198, Instrumentation in Astronomy VIII, (1 June 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.176808
Show Author Affiliations
Rodger I. Thompson, Univ. of Arizona Steward Observatory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2198:
Instrumentation in Astronomy VIII
David L. Crawford; Eric R. Craine, Editor(s)

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