14 September 2016 JWST's near infrared spectrograph status and performance overview
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The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) Observatory is the follow-on mission to the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). JWST will be the biggest space telescope ever built and it will lead to astounding scientific breakthroughs. The mission will be launched in October 2018 from Kourou, French Guyana by an ESA provided Ariane 5 rocket. NIRSpec, one of the four instruments on board of the mission, recently underwent a major upgrade. New infrared detectors were installed and the Micro Shutter Assembly (MSA) was replaced as well. The rework was necessary because both systems were found to be degrading beyond a level that could be accepted. Now in its final flight configuration, NIRSpec underwent a final cryogenic performance test at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) as part of the Integrated Science Instrument Module (ISIM). This paper will present a status overview and results of the recent test campaigns.
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Maurice Te Plate, Maurice Te Plate, Stephan Birkmann, Stephan Birkmann, Marco Sirianni, Marco Sirianni, Peter Rumler, Peter Rumler, Peter Jensen, Peter Jensen, Ralf Ehrenwinkler, Ralf Ehrenwinkler, Peter Mosner, Peter Mosner, Hermann Karl, Hermann Karl, Robert Rapp, Robert Rapp, Ray Wright, Ray Wright, Rai Wu, Rai Wu, } "JWST's near infrared spectrograph status and performance overview", Proc. SPIE 9973, Infrared Remote Sensing and Instrumentation XXIV, 99730E (14 September 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2238125; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2238125
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