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The Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer for Cassini
Author(s): Edward A. Miller; Gail Klein; David W. Juergens; Kenneth Mehaffey; Jeffrey M. Oseas; Ramon A. Garcia; Anthony Giandomenico; Robert E. Irigoyen; Roger Hickok; David Rosing; Harold R. Sobel; Carl F. Bruce; Enrico Flamini; Romeo DeVidi; Francis M. Reininger; Michele Dami; Alain Soufflot; Yves Langevin; Gerard Huntzinger
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Paper Abstract

The visual and infrared mapping spectrometer (VIMS) is a remote sensing instrument developed for the Cassini mission to Saturn by an international team representing the national space agencies of the United States, Italy, and France. A dual imaging spectrometer, VIMS' unique design consists of two optical systems boresighted and operating in tandem, coordinated by a common electronics unit. The combined optical system generates 352 2D images simultaneously, each in a separate, contiguous waveband. These are combined by the electronics to produce 'image cubes' in which each image pixel represents a spectrum spanning 0.3 to 5.1 microns in 352 steps. VIMS images will be used to produce detailed spatial maps of the distribution of mineral and chemical species of Saturn's atmosphere, rings, and moons, and the atmosphere of Titan. At some wavelengths VIMS will penetrate Titan's atmosphere to map its surface, and image the night side of many Saturnian objects.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 October 1996
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 2803, Cassini/Huygens: A Mission to the Saturnian Systems, (7 October 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.253421
Show Author Affiliations
Edward A. Miller, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Gail Klein, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
David W. Juergens, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Kenneth Mehaffey, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Jeffrey M. Oseas, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Ramon A. Garcia, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Anthony Giandomenico, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Robert E. Irigoyen, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Roger Hickok, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
David Rosing, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Harold R. Sobel, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Carl F. Bruce, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Enrico Flamini, Agenzia Spatiale Italiana (Italy)
Romeo DeVidi, Officine Galileo (Italy)
Francis M. Reininger, Officine Galileo (Italy)
Michele Dami, Officine Galileo (Italy)
Alain Soufflot, Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale (France)
Yves Langevin, Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale (France)
Gerard Huntzinger, DESPA (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2803:
Cassini/Huygens: A Mission to the Saturnian Systems
Linda Horn, Editor(s)

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