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The Galaxy Evolution Explorer

Martin, Christopher and Barlow, Tom and Conrow, Timothy and Forster, Karl and Friedman, Peter G. and McLean, Ryan and Morais, Marco and Morrissey, Patrick F. and Raison, Frederic and Schiminovich, David and Small, Todd and Wyder, Ted and Xu, C. Kevin (2003) The Galaxy Evolution Explorer. In: Future EUV/UV and Visible Space Astrophysics Missions and Instrumentation. Proceedings of SPIE. No.4854. Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) , Bellingham, WA, pp. 336-350. ISBN 9780819446336.

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The Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX), a NASA Small Explorer Mission planned for launch in Fall 2002, will perform the first Space Ultraviolet sky survey. Five imaging surveys in each of two bands (1350-1750Å and 1750-2800Å) will range from an all-sky survey (limit m_(AB)~20-21) to an ultra-deep survey of 4 square degrees (limit m_(AB)~26). Three spectroscopic grism surveys (R=100-300) will be performed with various depths (m_(AB)~20-25) and sky coverage (100 to 2 square degrees) over the 1350-2800Å band. The instrument includes a 50 cm modified Ritchey-Chrétien telescope, a dichroic beam splitter and astigmatism corrector, two large sealed tube microchannel plate detectors to simultaneously cover the two bands and the 1.2 degree field of view. A rotating wheel provides either imaging or grism spectroscopy with transmitting optics. We will use the measured UV properties of local galaxies, along with corollary observations, to calibrate the UV-global star formation rate relationship in galaxies. We will apply this calibration to distant galaxies discovered in the deep imaging and spectroscopic surveys to map the history of star formation in the universe over the red shift range zero to two. The GALEX mission will include an Associate Investigator program for additional observations and supporting data analysis. This will support a wide variety of investigations made possible by the first UV sky survey.

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Additional Information:© 2003 Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Numerous people have made important contributions to the GALEX program. A partial list of those include Tom Mitchie, Bill Price, Frank Street, Neil Dahya, and George Dorsey at Orbital Sciences Corporation, Mark Balzer, Ellyn McCoy, Bob Debusk, Larry Wild, Dave Rice, Brad Drake, Brad Swenson, Mike Phillips, Michelle Coleman, Don Moore, Larry Hovland, Patrick Noone, Richard Parks, Bill Harris, Jeff Oseas, John Wirth, Karen L’heureux, Mike Johnson, Terry Scharton, Krung Chang, Ted Iskenderian, Bob Hobson, Doug Packard, Kerry Erickson, Robin Dumas, Tien Nguyen, Tom Gavin, Larry Simmons, and Charles Elachi at JPL, Muamer Zukic at Cascade Optics, John Stone at Southwest Research Institute, Danielle Bonnet, Michel Laget, Jean-Michel Deharveng, Marie Treyer at Laboratorie Astrophysique Marseille, Bud Hill at Baja Research, Mark Gummin, Alias Aerospace, Darrel Doliber, Sharon Jelinsky, Jim Malloy, Bojan Turko, Rob Abiad, and Daniel Blackman at U.C. Berkeley, Minerva Calderon, John Klemic, Mark Maechtlen, Hilary Caisley, Janester Short, Monica Torres, Jaewoo Lee, Suk-yong Yi, Diane Engler, Tom Tombrello, and Steve Kaye at Caltech, Jeffrey Gumm, Bill Davis, Frank Snow, Jim Barrowman, Tony Cambriote at GSFC, and Philippe Crane, Hashima Hasan, George Albright, Anne Kinney, and Ed Weiler at NASA Headquarters.
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Official Citation:Christopher Martin, Thomas Barlow, William Barnhart, Luciana Bianchi, Brian K. Blakkolb, Dominique Bruno, Joseph Bushman, Yong-Ik Byun, Michael Chiville, Timothy Conrow, Brian Cooke, Jose Donas, James L. Fanson, Karl Forster, Peter G. Friedman, Robert Grange, David Griffiths, Timothy Heckman, James Lee, Patrick N. Jelinsky, Sug-Whan Kim, Siu-Chun Lee, Young-Wook Lee, Dankai Liu, Barry F. Madore, Roger Malina, Alan Mazer, Ryan McLean, Bruno Milliard, William Mitchell, Marco Morais, Patrick F. Morrissey, Susan G. Neff, Frederic Raison, David Randall, Michael Rich, David Schiminovich, Wes Schmitigal, Amit Sen, Oswald H. W. Siegmund, Todd Small, Joseph M. Stock, Frank Surber, Alexander Szalay, Arthur H. Vaughan, Timothy Weigand, Barry Y. Welsh, Patrick Wu, Ted Wyder, C. Kevin Xu, Jennifer Zsoldas, "The Galaxy Evolution Explorer," Proc. SPIE 4854, Future EUV/UV and Visible Space Astrophysics Missions and Instrumentation, (24 February 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.460034
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