DPS Meeting, Madison, October 1998
Session 48P. Venus
Contributed Poster Session, Thursday, October 15, 1998, 5:00-6:30pm, Hall of Ideas

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[48P.09] SWUIS--An imaging camera/spectrograph for UV planetary studies aboard the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station

D. C. Slater (SwRI/San Antonio), S. A. Stern (SwRI/Boulder), W. B. Tomlinson, D. E. Mahoney (SwRI/San Antonio), J. Wm. Parker, P. M. Tamblyn, W. B. Colwell (SwRI/Boulder), P. R. Weissman (JPL), F. Vilas (NASA/JSC)

The Southwest Ultraviolet Imaging System (SWUIS) is a low-cost, highly versatile wide-field UV imaging system developed to fly aboard the Space Shuttle as a mid-deck locker experiment. SWUIS made its maiden flight aboard STS-85 in August 1997. During this flight, SWUIS obtained mid-UV/VIS images of comet Hale-Bopp in a variety of key emission bands (see Colwell et al., this DPS meeting). SWUIS is now slated to make its second flight aboard STS-93 in January 1999 to obtain mid-UV dynamic movies of the upper atmosphere of Venus and Jupiter; establish the morphological appearance and phase curve of the Moon in the mid-UV; and obtain mid-UV dynamic movies of the airglow along the Earth's limb. A third SWUIS flight is currently being planned, and will fly a new spectrograph with the existing instrument. We describe the instrument and the design for the new spectrograph for STS/SWUIS mission 3. In addition, we describe plans to fly SWUIS aboard the International Space Station.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: dslater@swri.edu

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