The Calibration effort for “Alice” aboard NASA’s New Horizons Mission – Nathaniel Cunningham, Nebraska Wesleyan University
New Horizons flew by Pluto in July of 2015, carrying out a first (and last for a long time!) close-up exploration of this distant, richly-varied world. I’ll introduce the New Horizons mission, and Alice, an ultraviolet-sensing instrument aboard New Horizons. I will discuss my work with the Alice instrument team, characterizing and calibrating the instrument, and will show Alice’s results and discoveries about Pluto’s atmosphere. Along the way, I’ll highlight unexpected challenges that arose for Alice during flight, and the in-flight problem solving we carried out to understand and deal with those challenges.
The meeting will start at 7:30pm on Tuesday May 31st and the program will start around 8pm. Meetings are at Hyde Observatory and are open to the public.