22 September 2005 Radiometric performance results of the New Horizons' ALICE UV imaging spectrograph
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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.
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David C. Slater, David C. Slater, Michael W. Davis, Michael W. Davis, Catherine B. Olkin, Catherine B. Olkin, John Scherrer, John Scherrer, S. Alan Stern, S. Alan Stern, } "Radiometric performance results of the New Horizons' ALICE UV imaging spectrograph", Proc. SPIE 5906, Astrobiology and Planetary Missions, 590619 (22 September 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.613127; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.613127
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