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In-orbit commissioning of the NIRSpec instrument on the James Webb Space Telescope
Author(s): T. Böker; J. Muzerolle; J. Bacinski; C. Alves de Oliveira; S. Birkmann; P. Ferruit; H. Karl; R. Lemke; N. Lützgendorf; A. Marston; P. Mosner; T. Rawle; M. Sirianni
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Paper Abstract

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), scheduled for launch in 2018, promises to revolutionize observational astronomy, due to its unprecedented sensitivity at near and mid-infrared wavelengths. Following launch, a ~6 month long commissioning campaign aims to verify the observatory performance. A key element in this campaign is the verification and early calibration of the four JWST science instruments, one of which is the Near-Infrared Spectrograph (NIRSpec). This paper summarizes the objectives of the NIRSpec commissioning campaign, and outlines the sequence of activities needed to achieve these objectives.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 July 2016
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9904, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 990444 (29 July 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2231895
Show Author Affiliations
T. Böker, European Space Agency (United States)
J. Muzerolle, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
J. Bacinski, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
C. Alves de Oliveira, European Space Agency (United States)
S. Birkmann, European Space Agency (United States)
P. Ferruit, European Space Agency (Netherlands)
H. Karl, Airbus Defence and Space GmbH (Germany)
R. Lemke, Airbus Defence and Space GmbH (Germany)
N. Lützgendorf, European Space Agency (United States)
A. Marston, European Space Agency (United States)
P. Mosner, Airbus Defence and Space GmbH (Germany)
T. Rawle, European Space Agency (United States)
M. Sirianni, European Space Agency (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9904:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2016: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
Howard A. MacEwen; Giovanni G. Fazio; Makenzie Lystrup; Natalie Batalha; Nicholas Siegler; Edward C. Tong, Editor(s)

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