SWUIS Hale-Bopp STS-85 Mission Highlights
SWUIS Team at Launch
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SWUIS obtained more than
400,000 useful frames in the ultra-violet and visible
from the Shuttle Discovery during 9 orbits on 5 days, August 14-19,
Preliminary reductions from downlinked SWUIS video reveal that good
signal was received on the comet during each run on orbit. Simultaneously,
an infra-red version of SWUIS observed from
the high-altitude WB-57 on two pre-dawn
flights, August 14 and 18.
19 Aug 1997. Discovery landed at 7:08 EDT this morning after
completing all the planned SWUIS observations, along with a plethora
of other scientific objectives.
Congratulations crew and welcome home!
18 Aug 1997.
Infra-red observations were obtained from the WB-57
this morning with increased magnification.
14 Aug 1997.
We now have observations from 7 orbits, totalling almost 250,000
good image frames; two additional Hale-Bopp orbits are scheduled for August
14 Aug 1997. This morning SWUIS collected 3 orbits of pre-sunrise
data on Hale-Bopp which continue to look good. Two more pre-sunrise
observations are planned this morning.
Alan Stern flew with an infra-red, wide-field version of SWUIS at 51,000 ft in
NASA's WB-57 and obtained 45 minutes of data
to characterize SWUIS IR performance at altitude.
13 Aug 1997. This morning's SWUIS observations from the WB-57
high-altitude airplane have been rescheduled for tomorrow's pre-dawn.
We have more observations planned for 4AM CDT 14 Aug from STS-85
continuing through simultaneous infra-red observations from the WB-57.
12 Aug 1997. Another 2 orbits of successful SWUIS observations have
been obtained from the Shuttle.
9 Aug 1997. SWUIS successfully conducted its first-ever observations
from Shuttle, obtaining both planned orbits of data on comet Hale-Bopp.
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