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Cosmic Origins Spectrograph

Cosmic Origins Spectrograph

The Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) was installed on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) in May 2009. COS is designed to perform high-sensitivity, medium- and low-resolution spectroscopy of astronomical objects in the 1150-3200 wavelength range. COS significantly enhances the spectroscopic capabilities of HST at ultraviolet wavelengths, providing observers with unparalleled opportunities for observing faint sources of ultraviolet light.

The primary science objectives of the mission are the study of the origins of large scale structure in the Universe, the formation and evolution of galaxies, the origin of stellar and planetary systems, and the cold interstellar medium.

More information and documentation on the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph can be found at CASA, the University of Colorado's Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy, Ball Aerospace, and the Experimental Astrophysics Group at the University of California - Berkeley.

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COS Instrument Handbook for Cycle 23
J. Debes Jan 2015

July 2015 STAN
In this STAN we inform COS users of the release of two new reference files for flux and flat-field calibrations.
COS+STIS Team 10 Jul 2015

June 2015 STAN
In this STAN we inform Cycle 23 users who are preparing to submit a Phase 2 of a new mandatory keyword selection and that using TIME-TAG mode is recommended.
COS+STIS Team 29 Jun 2015

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