Science Highlight December 2004

OSIRIS imaged the Orion Nebula M42

Orion Nebel In March 2004 ESA launched the Rosetta spacecraft. After a 10 year voyage it will reach comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko in 2014. On board is the scientific camera system OSIRIS which was built by a European consortium led by the MPS. It consists of a Wide Angle Camera and a Narrow Angle Camera. On 28 September 2004 the Orion nebula was imaged during the in-flight calibration of the instrument. The picture shown is a composite of exposures obtained with the Narrow Angle Camera in the blue (480 nm), green (540 nm) and orange (650 nm) spectral range.

OSIRIS was built by a consortium of the Max-Planck-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung, Lindau, Germany, the University of Padova, Italy, the Laboratoire d' Astrophysique de Marseille, France, the Instituto de Astrofisica de Andalucia, Granada, Spain, the Research and Scientific Support Department of the European Space Agency (ESA/ESTEC), Noordwijk, The Netherlands, the Instituto Nacional de Tecnica Aerospacial, Madrid, Spain, the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain, the Department of Astronomy and Space Physics of Uppsala University, Sweden, and the Institut für Datentechnik und Kommunikationsnetze, Braunschweig, Germany.

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