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FORTIS Mission to Comets

Goals: The Far-ultraviolet Off Rowland-circle Telescope for Imaging and Spectroscopy (FORTIS) is a NASA sounding rocket mission that will obtain ultra-violet spectra of comet ISON as it nears the sun. The ultra-violet region contains particularly rich information about comet chemistry. In a suborbital flight that lasts only minutes, FORTIS can observe the comet much closer to the sun than other orbiting observatories.

Accomplishments: Launch was successful.

Key Dates
20 Nov 2013:  Launch
Status: Success
Fast Facts
FORTIS Facts Overall, FORTIS will sample a region approximately 625,000 miles in diameter of comet ISON.

This is FORTIS' second mission.

FORTIS, was originally designed -- and flew for the first time in May 2013 -- to measure the presence of different atoms in far away galaxies.
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