CHIPSat (Cosmic Hot Interstellar Plasma Spectrometer Satellite)
CHIPSat (Cosmic Hot Interstellar Plasma Spectrometer Satellite) is a UnEX (University-class Explorer) mission,
funded by NASA and designed to carry out an all-sky spectroscopic survey
of the extreme ultraviolet background at wavelengths
of 9-26 nm (nanometers) with a peak resolution of about 0.5 eV. CHIPS data
will help scientists determine the electron temperature, ionization conditions,
and cooling mechanisms of the million-degree plasma believed to fill the local interstellar bubble. The majority
of the luminosity from diffuse million-degree plasma is expected to emerge
in the poorly-explored CHIPSat band, making the mission's data relevant
in a wide variety of galactic and extragalactic astrophysical environments.
CHIPSat was launched together with another NASA science satellite, ICESat.
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||Delta II 7320-10
||Vandenberg Air Force Base
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