Webb Telescope's NIRSpec Instrument Arrives at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center - Video Snap Shot

  • Released Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:51PM
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The Webb Telescope's Near-Infrared Spectrograph (NIRSpec) instrument arrives at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center on September 20, 2013.

NIRSpec is a near infrared multi-object dispersive spectrograph capable of simultaneously observing more than 100 sources over a field-of-view (FOV) larger than 3' x 3'. The NIRSpec will be the first spectrograph in space that has this capability. Targets in the Field of View are normally selected by opening groups of shutters in a micro-shutter array (MSA) to form multiple apertures.

NIRSpec will address all of the four main JWST science themes, and much more. It will enable large spectroscopic surveys of faint galaxies at high redshift, obtain sensitive spectra of transiting exoplanets and image line emission from protoplanetary disks and protostars. NIRSpec is being built for the European Space Agency (ESA) by the Airbus Group.


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