Space-based instrumentation

In developing and helping to build instrumentation for space telescopes, MPIA's focus is on near- and mid-infrared observations. This is an overview of all space-based instruments MPIA has been involved in - often as part of larger, international consortia:

Herschel Space Observatory

Herschel was an ESA space observatory for infrared observations. It was launched on 14 May 2009 and decommissioned on 29 April 2013.

PACS Photodetector Array Camera and Spectrometer Operational 2009-2013

James Webb Space Telescope

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is a NASA/ESA space observatory slated for launch in 2018 - the successor to the highly productive Hubble Space Telescope.

MIRI Mid-Infrared Instrument Delivered to NASA
NIRSpec Near-Infrared Spectrograph

Delivered to NASA


Euclid is a Dark Energy mission within the Cosmic Vision Programme of the European Space Agency (ESA). It will map 15.000 sq.deg of extragalactic sky with high angular resolution visual imaging, infrared spectroscopy and photometry. MPIA's Euclid group is playing a central role in the NISP Near Infrared Spectrophotometer, providing photometry filters and calibration source, as well as the NISP-P Instrument Scientist and NISP Calibration Lead.

NISP Near Infrared Spectrophotometer Under development

Infrared Space Observatory (ISO)

ISO was the first versatile infrared space observatory. The space telescope, with a cooled 60 cm telescope, was launched in November 1995 and was operational until 1998.

ISOPhot Infrared Space Observatory Photometer Decommissioned
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