Episode 14: The MIRI Has Two Faces

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Duration: 3 minutes, 19 seconds

The Webb telescope has multiple science instruments, but only one of them, the Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI), sees light in the mid-infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum. MIRI's design, which allows it to both take both images and obtain the scientific data known as spectra, makes it the equivalent of two instruments in one. These dual techniques allow the Webb telescope to study distant objects in greater detail than ever before. Mary Estacion pays a visit to MIRI, being assembled at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxford, England.

RELATED LINKS:
Webb's MIRI Instrument

Webb: Technology at the Extremes

NASA's MIRI page


Tags
Behind the Scenes, Webb Mission

Credits

NASA and Mary Estacion (STScI)

Publication: February 13, 2012

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