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Space Wednesday, July 17th 2013 at 5:30 pm

The IRIS Telescope Opens Its Eye to Space

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In exciting space news, the door on NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) telescope is open. The door was successfully opened by the IRIS Lockheed Martin team today at 2:14 PM EDT, and it’s a pretty major milestone for the IRIS in its 60-day checkout period. When that’s over on August 26th, the instrument will go into “normal science mode” and we can probably expect some lovely images shortly there after.

(via NASA, image via NASA Goddard)

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