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GIF of Jupiter's aurora taken with STIS
Over the course of Cycle 24 and 151 orbits, STIS was used to observe Jupiter's moons and aurorae in program 14634 (PI: Grodent). The data used to produce this GIF was taken with the STIS FUV-MAMA in TIMETAG mode.

The Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) was installed on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) during the second servicing mission (SM2) in 1997. STIS is a versatile imaging spectrograph, providing spatially resolved spectroscopy from 1150 to 10300 Å at low to medium spectral resolution, high spatial resolution echelle spectroscopy in the UV, solar-blind imaging in the UV, time-tagging of photons for high time resolution in the UV, and direct and coronagraphic imaging in the optical.

STIS operated on Side-1 electronics until 2001, when it experienced an electronic failure. It then switched to the redundant set of electronics, Side-2, where it operated as normal until 2004, when a power supply on Side-2 failed. STIS remained inoperable until it was repaired successfully in 2009 during Servicing Mission 4 (SM4). STIS has since been operating on Side-2 electronics with all ultraviolet and optical channels.

Current Status

STIS is Operational.

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Recently Published ISRs

Listing Results

Results: 5

ISR 2019-04: The Impact of Spacecraft Jitter on STIS Coronagraphy

December 03, 2019J. Debes, J. Anderson, M. Wenz, J. Stock

ISR 2019-03: Pushing the Limits of the Coronagraphic Occulters on STIS

July 02, 2019J. Debes, B. Ren, G. Schneider

ISR 2019-02: Identifying Jitter Induced CCD CR-SPLIT Combination Errors

June 21, 2019Joleen K. Carlberg

ISR 2019-01: A New Method to Monitor the HST/STIS Focus

May 24, 2019M. Maclay

ISR 2018-07: STIS Bright Object Protection for Available-But-Unsupported Modes

December 08, 2018J. Carlberg

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Recently Published STANs

Listing Results

Results: 5

September 2020 STAN

September 08, 2020

February 2020 STAN

February 07, 2020

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LAST UPDATED: 05/11/2020

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