In exciting space news, the door on NASA’s Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) telescope is open. The door was successfully opened by the IRIS Lockheed Martin team today at 2:14 PM EDT, and it’s a pretty major milestone for the IRIS in its 60-day checkout period. When that’s over on August 26th, the instrument will go into “normal science mode” and we can probably expect some lovely images shortly there after.
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