June 15, 2011
Astronauts Steven A. Hawley (left) and Michel Tognini are pictured with the Southwest Ultraviolet Imaging System (SWUIS) on Columbia's middeck. SWUIS is an innovative telescope/charge-coupled device (CCD) camera system that operates from inside the shuttle cabin. SWUIS will be used during the STS-93 mission to image planets and other solar system bodies in order to explore their atmospheres and surfaces in ultraviolet (UV) region of the spectrum, which astronomers value for diagnostic value.
Topics: Technology Internet, Ultraviolet, Observational astronomy, Electromagnetic radiation, STS-93, Steven Hawley, Charge-coupled device