Science Seminars

The Emirates Ultraviolet Spectrometer (EMUS)

Speaker: Greg Holsclaw (CU/LASP)
Date: Thursday, Apr 19, 2018
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: SPSC W120

Seminar Abstract:

The Emirates Ultraviolet Spectrometer (EMUS) is one of three instruments to be carried on the Emirates Mars Mission (EMM). With a launch scheduled in July 2020 from southern Japan, EMM will arrive at Mars in early 2021 – the 50th anniversary of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). As the first Arab-led interplanetary mission, the “Hope” probe will serve as an inspiration to the region and address fundamental questions related to Mars atmospheric science. From its unique, high-altitude orbit EMM will investigate global and seasonal responses in the lower atmosphere due to solar forcing, the conditions throughout the atmosphere affecting escape rates, and the behavior of the exosphere in time and space. In support of these objectives, EMUS will determine the abundance and variability of neutral species in the thermosphere and exosphere. In this talk, we will describe the EMUS investigation with a focus on the instrument’s design and development.