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July 13, 2015: Welcome to the cooler compressor assembly, ready for delivery!!

(credit NGAS/JPL)



Maca Garcia-Marin explains the fine points of the MIRI detector behavior


MIRI has been tested in the Integrated Science Instrument Module (ISIM)

March, 2014: MIRI testing in the first ISIM Cryo-Vac run (CV1) showed it to perform as expected. In addition, it was

confirmed that the pupil is correctly aligned and the focus is just where it should be.

Pupil positions measured prior to ISIM CV1 (points with error bars) compared with CV1 (ellipse) Full width at half maximum of a Gaussian fitted to the 5.6 micron image in CV1. The minimum (best focus) is exactly where it should be (0 offset).

MIRI is now (June 2013) mounted in the ISIM, ready for test in the first cryogenic test of the ISIM with science instruments.

MIRI in the ISIM

Actually, this is the MIRI thermal shield in the ISIM - MIRI is inside (credit GSFC)




MIRI getting installed into the ISIM (credit GSFC)

Don't drop it!!! (They didn't.)


MIRI Has Landed (in the United States)

Stories can be found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18253444 and http://www.spaceflightnow.com/news/n1205/29miri/.

MIRI ready to roll! (credit Stephan Kill - STFC)

MIRI being loaded for flight

Unpacking at Goddard

Everything looks OK!

MIRI Approved for Delivery

MIRI was approved for delivery to Goddard Space Flight Center at the ESA Review Board meeting on May 3, 2012. The story can be found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-18006933.


The handover was marked by a get-together on May 9 at Savoy Place in London

Gillian Wright savors the moment,

while John Thatcher keeps things on track;

Mike Ressler talks about the focal planes,

Alistair Glasse explains the data they produce,

Kalyani Sukhatme discusses the MIRI cooler,

Paul Eccelston tells how it came together at RAL,

Martyn Wells explains the optical design,

Oors Honor Detre shows off the filter wheel,

Helen Walker relaxes,

David Wright explains (again) how the spectrometer works,

Sarah Kendrew talks about the LRS,

Tom Ray pitches his science program,

Matt Greenhouse describes the next step into the ISIM,

Eric Smith waits his turn,

George Rieke stalks his prey (photo by Scott Friedman),

Peter Jensen represents ESA (they seem to be pleased),


and Eric finally contemplates taking MIRI home.


Pictures by George Rieke, please credit if used elsewhere. Higher resolution versions can be obtained by email: grieke@as.arizona.edu. Canon EOS 30D, 17-55mm f/2.8 and 70-300mm f/4.0 - f/5.6 lenses.