VIR onboard Dawn
Dawn is a NASA mission launched on September 2007, and the VIR Spectrometer (Visual and Infrared Spectrometer) is an instrument that flies on it. Dawn has already studied for one year asteroid Vesta and reached at the momento the dwarf planet Ceres.
In these pages, you will learn about mission Dawn, the instrument VIR and its scientific tasks.
Who manages Dawn and VIR?
Dawn‘s mission to Vesta and Ceres is managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. Dawn is a project of the directorate’s Discovery Program, managed by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. UCLA is responsible for overall Dawn mission science. Orbital ATK, Inc., of Dulles, Virginia, designed and built the spacecraft. JPL is managed for NASA by the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.
The framing cameras were provided by the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Gottingen, Germany, with significant contributions by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) Institute of Planetary Research, Berlin, and in coordination with the Institute of Computer and Communication Network Engineering, Braunschweig. The visible and infrared mapping spectrometer was funded and coordinated by the Italian Space Agency and built by SELEX ES, with the scientific leadership of the Institute for Space Astrophysics and Planetology, Italian National Institute for Astrophysics, Italy, and is operated by the Institute for Space Astrophysics and Planetology, Rome, Italy. The gamma ray and neutron detector was built by Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico, and is operated by the Planetary Science Institute, Tucson, Arizona.
See more at:http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/#sthash.SkIokRXt.dpuf
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