VIR­TIS – Vis­i­ble and In­frared Ther­mal Imag­ing Spec­trom­e­ter

VIRTIS – Visible and Infrared Thermal Imaging Spectromete
VIR­TIS – Vis­i­ble and In­frared Ther­mal Imag­ing Spec­trom­e­ter
Credit: ESA – J. HUART

VIRTIS – Visible and Infrared Thermal Imaging Spectrometer

The VIR­TIS in­stru­ment on board the Roset­ta or­biter mea­sures the tem­per­a­ture, the chem­i­cal and min­er­alog­i­cal com­po­si­tion and the dis­tri­bu­tion of el­e­ments on the comet’s nu­cle­us and in its co­ma by ob­serv­ing in the vis­i­ble and near-in­frared parts of the spec­trum.

The VIRTIS instrument on board the Rosetta orbiter measures the temperature, the chemical and mineralogical composition and the distribution of elements on the comet’s nucleus and in its coma by observing in the visible and near-infrared parts of the spectrum.

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