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Science of Mini-EUSO detector on board the International Space Station
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2017 (English)In: Proceedings of Science, Sissa Medialab Srl , 2017Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The Mini-EUSO space experiment ("UV atmosphere" in Russian Space Program) is a telescope designed to perform observations of night-time Earth in the UV spectrum. The instrument comprises a compact telescope with a large field of view (44°x44°), based on an optical system employing two 25 cm diameter Fresnel lenses (focal length ∼ 30 cm) for increased light collection. Mini-EUSO will study different scientific phenomena ranging from strange quark matter and Ultra High Energy Cosmic Rays (UHECRs) to bioluminescence and atmospheric physics. It will also create the first night-time map of the Earth in UV light. The mission will raise the technology readiness level (TRL) of the future JEM-EUSO missions to observe UHECRs from space. The Mini-EUSO measurements will be performed from the ISS through a UV transparent window in the Russian Zvezda Service Module. Launch is foreseen between Autumn 2017 and beginning 2018 in the framework of the next manned ASI (Italian Space Agency) flight and observations are supposed to continue with Russian cosmonauts for several years. 

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Sissa Medialab Srl , 2017.
Keywords [en]
Cosmology, Earth atmosphere, Geophysics, Lenses, Manned space flight, Optical systems, Space stations, Telescopes, Ultraviolet spectroscopy, Atmospheric physics, International Space stations, Italian Space Agency, Large field of views, Light collection, Space experiments, Technology readiness levels, Ultra high-energy cosmic rays, Cosmic rays
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Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-236871Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85046057074OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-236871DiVA, id: diva2:1270867
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35th International Cosmic Ray Conference, ICRC 2017, 10 July 2017 through 20 July 2017
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Stiftelsen Olle Engkvist Byggmästare
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Available from: 2018-12-14 Created: 2018-12-14 Last updated: 2018-12-14Bibliographically approved

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