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6 June 1995 Near-infrared camera for the Clementine mission
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The Clementine mission provided the first ever complete, systematic surface mapping of the moon from the ultra-violet to the near-infrared regions. More than 1.7 million images of the moon, earth, and space were returned from this mission. The near-infrared (NIR) multi- spectral camera, one of two workhorse lunar mapping cameras (the other being the UV/visible camera), provided approximately 200 m spatial resolution at 400 km periselene, and a 39 km across-track swath. This 1.9 kg infrared camera using a 256 X 256 InSb FPA viewed reflected solar illumination from the lunar surface and lunar horizon in the 1 to 3 micrometers wavelength region, extending lunar imagery and mineralogy studies into the near infrared. A description of this lightweight, low power NIR camera along with a summary of lessons learned is presented. Design goals and preliminary on-orbit performance estimates are addressed in terms of meeting the mission's primary objective for flight qualifying the sensors for future Department of Defense flights.
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Robert E. Priest, Isabella T. Lewis, Noel R. Sewall, Hye-Sook Park, Michael J. Shannon, Arno G. Ledebuhr, Lyn D. Pleasance, Mark A. Massie, and Karen Metschuleit "Near-infrared camera for the Clementine mission", Proc. SPIE 2475, Infrared Detectors and Instrumentation for Astronomy, (6 June 1995); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.211287
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