Universe  ID: 13531

XRISM: Calorimeter Spectrometer Insert and Mirror Tests

The X-ray Imaging and Spectroscopy Mission (XRISM, pronounced “crism”) is a collaboration between the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and NASA, along with ESA participation, to investigate the X-ray universe using high-resolution imaging and spectroscopy. XRISM features two instruments: Resolve, an X-ray calorimeter spectrometer, and Xtend, an X-ray imager.

The first group of images, taken in November 2019, shows scientists and technicians in a clean room performing an electrical checkout of the XRISM Calorimeter Spectrometer Insert (CSI), which includes the Resolve detector.

The remaining images were taken in December 2019 and show testing and calibration of a completed flight X-ray Mirror Assembly (XMA) at the 100-meter X-ray beamline facility at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

Goddard developed the X-ray Mirror Assemblies, as well as the Resolve detector and many of its subsystems. XRISM is expected to launch in early 2022.
 

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Francis Reddy (University of Maryland College Park): Science Writer
Jeanette Kazmierczak (University of Maryland College Park): Science Writer
Scott Wiessinger (USRA): Producer
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