AAS 207th Meeting, 8-12 January 2006
Session 193 Recent Discoveries in the Far Ultraviolet
Special Session, Thursday, 10:00-11:30am, January 12, 2006, Delaware B

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[193.01] Six Years of Astrophysics with the Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer

G. Sonneborn (NASA's GSFC)

The 905-1187 Angstrom region of the ultraviolet observable by the Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE) has yielded many surprising discoveries in solar system, Galactic, and extragalactic astrophysics. Launched in 1999, FUSE is a joint project of NASA, CNES, and CSA. In the Milky Way, the first comprehensive study of deuterium in the Local ISM and nearby disk, the ubiquitous hydrogen molecule, mass loss from massive stars, protoplanetary disks, and the hot gas in the Milky Way, Magellanic Clouds, and high-velocity clouds are areas where FUSE has had profound impact. Extragalactic science has also been strongly affected by FUSE, including the hunt for missing baryons in the low-redshift universe with the O VI ion, winds from starburst galaxies, and cooling flows in elliptical galaxies. This talk will present a mission overview and some of the significant scientific results that are not covered by the subsequent talks in this session.

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