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Radiometric performance results of the New Horizons' ALICE UV imaging spectrograph
Author(s): David C. Slater; Michael W. Davis; Catherine B. Olkin; John Scherrer; S. Alan Stern
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Paper Abstract

We describe the radiometric performance and calibration results of the New Horizons' ALICE flight model. This ALICE is a lightweight (4.4 kg), low-power (4.4 W), ultraviolet spectrograph based on the ALICE instrument now in flight aboard the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft. Its primary job will be to detect a variety of important atomic and molecular species in Pluto's atmosphere, and to determine their relative abundances so that a complete picture of Pluto's atmospheric composition can be determined for the first time. ALICE will also be used to search for an atmosphere around Pluto's moon, Charon, as well as the Kuiper Belt Objects (KBOs) New Horizons hopes to fly by after Pluto-Charon. Detailed radiometric performance results of the ALICE flight model are presented and discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 September 2005
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5906, Astrobiology and Planetary Missions, 590619 (22 September 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.613127
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David C. Slater, Southwest Research Institute (United States)
Michael W. Davis, Southwest Research Institute (United States)
Catherine B. Olkin, Southwest Research Institute (United States)
John Scherrer, Southwest Research Institute (United States)
S. Alan Stern, Southwest Research Institute (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5906:
Astrobiology and Planetary Missions
Richard B. Hoover; G. Randall Gladstone; Gilbert V. Levin; Alexei Yu. Rozanov, Editor(s)

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