Mission ATHENA – Instrument Selection Mechanism (ISM)

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The primary goal of the ATHENA mission is to study “the hot and energetic Universe”, including mapping the structures of hot gases, determining their physical properties and searching for black holes. For this mission European Space Agency (ESA) has selected the Advanced Telescope for High-Energy Astrophysics (ATHENA).

The ATHENA spacecraft carries two independent instruments: a spectrometer (X-IFU) and an imager (WFI) specially adapted for measuring the waves of X-ray type. Depending on the needs of observation, these instruments will be
alternatively inserted in the telescope focus.

SENER in Poland will develop ATHENA Instrument Selection Mechanism (ISM) for the mentioned devices.

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