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The challenges of GALEX
Author(s): Karl Forster; Tim Conrow; David Schiminovich; Kerry D. Erickson; Justin F. McNeill Jr.; Chris Martin; Marco Morais
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Paper Abstract

The Galaxy Evolution Explorer, a NASA small explorer mission, is performing the first all-sky, deep imaging and spectroscopic surveys in the space ultraviolet. The prime goal of GALEX is to study star formation in galaxies and its evolution with time. Now in its fourth year of operations the emphasis of the mission is changing from completing the primary science goals set at launch to servicing the astronomical community with a guest investigator program that uses 50% or more of the available observing time. We outline here mission operations, describe some of the challenges the GALEX team has surmounted, and some of the changes needed to accomplish the goals of the extended mission.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 June 2006
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6270, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems, 627004 (29 June 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.672397
Show Author Affiliations
Karl Forster, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Tim Conrow, California Institute of Technology (United States)
David Schiminovich, Columbia Univ. (United States)
Kerry D. Erickson, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Justin F. McNeill Jr., The Aerospace Corp. (United States)
Chris Martin, California Institute of Technology (United States)
Marco Morais, The Aerospace Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6270:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems
David R. Silva; Rodger E. Doxsey, Editor(s)

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