The Cosmic Hot Interstellar Plasma Spectrometer (CHIPS) is a
University-Class Explorer (UNEX) mission funded by NASA. It will carry
out all-sky spectroscopy of the diffuse background at wavelengths from
90 to 260 Å with a peak resolution of
/150 (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 CHIPS band, making CHIPS data of relevance in a
wide variety of Galactic and extragalactic astrophysical environments.
The CHIPS instrument is carried in space aboard CHIPSat, a
dedicated spacecraft built by
SpaceDev, Inc., and
the second stage of a
Boeing Delta II rocket.
successful launch occurred
at 16:45 Pacific time on Sunday January 12, 2003.
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For more information about CHIPS please send an e-mail to
Dr. Mark Hurwitz.
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CHIPS Project Manager: (510) 486-6340