24 February 2003 Status of the cosmic hot interstellar plasma spectrometer (CHIPS) university-class explorer mission
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We present a status report on CHIPS, the Cosmic Hot Interstellar Plasma Spectrometer. CHIPS is the first NASA University-Class Explorer (UNEX) project. CHIPS was selected in 1998 and is now scheduled for launch in December of 2002. The grazing incidence CHIPS spectrograph will survey the sky and record spectra of diffuse emission in the comparatively unexplored wavelength band between 90 and 260 Å. These data will provide important new constraints on the temperature, ionization state, and emission measure of hot plasma in the "local bubble" of the interstellar medium.
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Mark Hurwitz, Robert Davis, Simon Dawson, Patricia Dobson, William Donakowski, Assi Friedman, Geoffrey A. Gaines, Jerry Edelstein, Richelieu Hemphill, Jane Hoberman, Jeffrey Janicik, Patrick N. Jelinsky, Michael L. Lampton, Wiliam Marchant, Mario Marckwordt, Jareb Mirczak, Timothy P. Sasseen, Michael Sholl, Oswald H. W. Siegmund, Martin Sirk, David Stone, Steven Sulack, Ellen Riddle Taylor, Michael Veno, and Jonathan Wolff "Status of the cosmic hot interstellar plasma spectrometer (CHIPS) university-class explorer mission", Proc. SPIE 4854, Future EUV/UV and Visible Space Astrophysics Missions and Instrumentation, (24 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.459823; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.459823


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