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The Miniature X-ray Solar Spectrometer (MinXSS) is a 4-year, ~$1 million project to design, build, integrate, test, and operate a 30cm x 10cm x 10cm satellite that will be launched on the Orb4 Antares/Cygnus mission to the international space station on 1 April 2015 (no April Fools jokes!) to take observations of the Sun. Specifically, the intensity of the soft x-ray spectrum from 0.4 keV (30 Å) to 30 keV (0.4 Å) will be measured, with resolution better than 0.15 keV full-width half-max. This region is of particular interest for observations of solar flares and active regions. The MinXSS project heavily involves its graduate student team members with scientists and engineers at the University of Colorado, Boulder and the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP). Over 40 graduate students have worked on MinXSS as of June 2014.

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