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Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS)
The Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS, mission will use a solar telescope and spectrograph to explore the solar chromospheres. This is a crucial region for understanding energy transport into the solar wind and an archetype for stellar atmospheres. Recent discoveries have shown the chromosphere is significantly more dynamic and structured than previously thought. The unique instrument capabilities, coupled with state of the art 3-D modeling, will explore this dynamic region in detail. The mission will greatly extend the scientific output of existing heliophysics spacecraft that follow the effects of energy release processes from the sun to Earth. Alan M. Title, from Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center, Palo Alto, Calif., is the IRIS principal investigator.
Ames will manage mission operations, flight operations and ground systems activities, and provide support for spacecraft systems engineering, flight dynamics, integration and testing. Ames' Multi-Mission Operations Center facility will be used for mission control. Ames also will manage education and public outreach activities.
IRIS is expected to be launched in December 2012.
2015 SS Seminar Series: "The Benthic Microbial Community of a Meromictic, Perennially Ice-Covered Antarctic Lake"N245, Conference Room 215May 14, 2015 - 3:30pm - 4:30pmMegan Krusor, UC Davis Earth & Planetary Science, Exobiology Branch (SSX) Visitor POC: Nancy.Y.Kiang@nasa.gov
N245, Conference Room 215May 21, 2015 - 3:30pm - 4:30pmBASALT (Biologic Analog Science Associated with Lava Terrains) Research Program Overview: Leveraging terrestrial field science to prepare for human-robotic exploration of Mars. Darlene Lim, BAER Institute Planetary Systems Branch (SST) POC: Melinda.Kahre@nasa.gov
2015 SS Seminar Series: "PA study on the impact of dust and aerosol pollution on wintertime orographic precipitation in the Colorado River basin"N245, Conference Room 215May 28, 2015 - 3:30pm - 4:30pmVandana Jha, Colorado State University, Planetary Systems Branch (SST) Visitor POC: Melinda.Kahre@nasa.gov