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Instrument Delivered for NASA’s Upcoming Mars Mission

16 Nov 2012, 22:05 UTC
Instrument Delivered for NASA’s Upcoming Mars Mission
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DENVER, Colo. — A remote sensing instrument that will peer into the ultraviolet to offer clues to how Mars might have lost its atmosphere has arrived at Lockheed Martin for integration into NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft.
“The Remote Sensing package team built a system that meets all technical requirements and delivered it on schedule and on budget,” said David Mitchell, MAVEN project manager from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. “I look forward to the instrument’s next level of integration onto the spacecraft and ultimately the science it will provide.”
The Remote Sensing package consists of an Imaging UltraViolet Spectrograph (IUVS) and its control electronics box, the Remote Sensing Data Processing Unit (RSDPU). The Remote Sensing package was conceived, designed and built by the University of Colorado’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (CU/LASP) at Boulder, under contract to NASA Goddard.
The Imaging UltraViolet Spectrograph collects the light and spreads it out into spectra and records the spectra using imaging detectors. IUVS is the eyes of the instrument. The Remote Sensing Data Processing Unit is the main electronics box that controls IUVS, and communicates with the spacecraft. RSDPU receives and executes the commands sent ...

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