The imaging ultraviolet spectrograph (IUVS) for the MAVEN mission

William E. McClintock, Nicholas M. Schneider, Gregory M. Holsclaw, John T. Clarke, Alan C. Hoskins, Ian Stewart, Franck Montmessin, Roger V. Yelle, Justin Deighan

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The Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS) is one of nine science instruments aboard the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile and EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft. MAVEN, launched in November 18, 2013 and arriving at Mars in September 2014, is designed to explore the planet’s upper atmosphere and ionosphere and examine their interaction with the solar wind and solar ultraviolet radiation. IUVS is one of the most powerful spectro-graphs sent to another planet, with several key capabilities: (1) separate Far-UV & Mid-UV channels for stray light control, (2) a high resolution echelle mode to resolve deuterium and hydrogen emission, (3) internal instrument pointing and scanning capabilities to allow complete mapping and nearly-continuous operation, and (4) optimization for airglow studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-124
Number of pages50
JournalSpace Science Reviews
Issue number1-4
StatePublished - Dec 2015


  • Atmosphere
  • Exosphere
  • Mars
  • Spectrograph
  • Ultraviolet

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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