NICMOS, the next US infrared space mission

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The Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS), is a new instrument for the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). NICMOS provides opportunities for near infrared astrophysical investigations with HST in the 0.8 - 2.5 p.m spectral region. NICMOS contains three cameras at different spatial resolutions for imaging, grisms for multi-object spectroscopy, polarizers for polarimetry, and a coronagraphic spot and mask for coronagraphic imaging. A solid nitrogen dewar maintains the three 256x256 pixel HgCdTe detectors at their operating temperature of 58 Kelvin for five years. NICMOS is the next US infrared space mission, scheduled on STS Mission 91 in March 1997. It is anticipated that the European ISO mission will be launched and operational by that time and that joint observational programs with the two instruments will be possible.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1202-1213
Number of pages12
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - Jun 1 1994
EventInstrumentation in Astronomy VIII 1994 - Kailua, Kona, United States
Duration: Mar 13 1994Mar 18 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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