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Exploring Europa with the Mapping Imaging Spectrometer of Europa (MISE)

Presentation #315.08 in the session Icy Satellites: Surfaces, Ice Shell, and Interior (Poster + Lightning Talk)

Published onOct 23, 2023
Exploring Europa with the Mapping Imaging Spectrometer of Europa (MISE)

The Mapping Imaging Spectrometer for Europa (MISE) is a high-optical throughput pushbroom spectrometer that can collect measurements within Europa’s challenging radiation environment. The spectral range covers 800-5000 nm wavelength range at a spectral sampling of 10 nm. With an instantaneous field of view of 250 mrad/pixel and a swath width of 300 pixels yielding 25 m/pixel spatial sampling in a swath 7.5 km wide at 100 km altitude, and 10 km/pixel full disk images at 40,000 km. MISE will be used to identify and map the distributions of organics, salts, acid hydrates, water ice phases, altered silicates, radiolytic compounds and warm thermal anomalies at global, regional, and local scales on Europa. Mapping the composition of specific landforms is critical to understand surface and subsurface geologic processes, including recent or current activity.

MISE completed calibration in June of 2023 and was delivered to the Europa Clipper spacecraft in July for integration to the spacecraft. MISE is expected to launch on Europa Clipper in October of 2024. Optical performance, radiometric calibration, and expected science results will be presented.

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