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First year of STIS on-orbit calibration and science observing
Author(s): Stefi Alison Baum; Ron Downes; Harry C. Ferguson; Philip Hodge; Steve J. Hulbert; Melissa McGrath
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Paper Abstract

This paper provides a high level summary of STIS, the space telescope imaging spectrograph, and describes the principle hurdles overcome during the servicing mission orbital verification in order to bring STIS to operational status as HST's optical and UV spectrograph. Also described are the approach taken to develop STIS for effective GO use and the approach taken to the on-orbit calibration of this complex and capable instrument. Lastly, we provide a description of the current operational and calibration status of STIS, including many recent results. STIS is performing extremely well as a science instrument. Monitoring projections suggest it should continue to operate effectively throughout its projected 13 year mission, barring unforeseen effects or complications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 August 1998
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 3356, Space Telescopes and Instruments V, (28 August 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.324527
Show Author Affiliations
Stefi Alison Baum, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Ron Downes, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Harry C. Ferguson, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Philip Hodge, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Steve J. Hulbert, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)
Melissa McGrath, Space Telescope Science Institute (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3356:
Space Telescopes and Instruments V
Pierre Y. Bely; James B. Breckinridge, Editor(s)

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