NIRSpec arrives at Goddard Space Flight Center
NIRSpec, (the Near InfraRed Spectrograph), pictured in the Space Systems Development and Integration Facility (SSDIF), shortly after arriving at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center on 20 September 2013. The lid of the NIRSpec transport container is being removed; the instrument – wrapped in its transport 'cocoon' – can be partly seen.
NIRSpec, one of four instruments on JWST, is a multi-object spectrograph capable of observing more than 100 astronomical objects simultaneously. It will support JWST's four main science themes by providing low, medium and high-resolution spectroscopic observations.
NIRSpec is built by European industry to ESA's specifications and managed by the ESA JWST Project at ESTEC, the Netherlands. The prime contractor is EADS Astrium GmbH in Ottobrunn, Germany. The NIRSpec detector and MSA subsystems are provided by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.