Scientific space instruments are complex and contain many layered components. The slideshows below provide examples of how instruments look as the layers are peeled back to reveal inner components.
Solar Stellar Irradiance Comparison Experiment (SOLSTICE) Instrument Slideshow
SOLSTICE was originally built for the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) mission in 1990. The instrument worked so well that LASP engineers built a similar instrument for the Solar Radiation and Climate Experiment (SORCE) mission in 2002.
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XUV Photometer System (XPS) Instrument Slideshow
The SORCE XPS evolved from earlier versions of the instrument flown on the Student Nitric Oxide Explorer (SNOE) and Thermosphere Ionosphere Mesosphere Energetics and Dynamics (TIMED) satellites.
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Spectral Irradiance Monitor (SIM) Instrument Slideshow
SIM was a newly designed spectrometer in 2002 for the SORCE mission to provide the first long-duration solar spectral irradiance measurements in the visible and near infrared.
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