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Imaging UV Spectrograph

Satellite to Orbit Mars with Materion Filters Aboard

Materion’ s involvement in space instrumentation continues as the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution mission (Maven) to Mars was launched in November and is now in a cruise phase.  Arrival at Mars will occur in September.  The satellite will orbit Mars and explore its upper atmosphere including interactions with the solar wind.  Scientists are hoping to gain insight regarding the presence of liquid surface water in Mars’ early history.   Materion made filters for the Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS) which were delivered to the University of Colorado’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP).

At left: The Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS) is a part of the Remote Sensing (RS) Package and measures global characteristics of the upper atmosphere and ionosphere via remote sensing.

Photo Credit: NASA