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MSU Work Launches In NASA Mission

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BOZEMAN - On Thursday evening, a satellite designed by Montana State University staff and students will launch into space on a NASA solar mission.

The launch was originally scheduled for Wednesday night, but a transformer was lost at the control center due to a power outage.

The mission being launched is an iris instrument consisting of a telescope and spectrograph. It works by having the telescope gather light from the sun, form images and feed the light into the spectrograph. The spectrograph then breaks up the light into component colors, which is then measured.

It allows scientists to measure the temperature and velocity of the structures on the sun. The public viewing to watch the launch will take place on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. at the Museum of the Rockies.

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