Over the last three years, my team and I have been developing the HIRMES (High Resolution Mid-Infrared Spectrometer) instrument to probe the inner secrets of protoplanetary disk, where the solids materials, on a very short time scale, are separated from the gas to allow the coalescence of planets. In this lecture, I will talk about how we have designed this cool (cold?) instrument that enables the exploration of the formation of planetary systems such as our own solar system. I will describe the science program, instrument design, and provide a status report on HIRMES. We plan to be ready for the first commissioning flights in spring of 2019, so it is not too early to explore the possibilities that HIRMES will enable.
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MANIAC Talk POC: Charles.K.Gatebe@nasa.gov