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Glass from SCHOTT delivers brilliant extraterrestrial images of Comet Tschuri
Radiation-resistant optical glass from SCHOTT contributes to the success of the Rosetta mission
SCHOTT Advanced Optics is involved in the Rosetta mission on exploring Comet Tschuri (67P/Tschurjumow-Gerasimenko). We supplied specialty glass that delivers spectacular images of the comet inside the panorama camera. Four out of five lenses installed in each of the seven objective lenses used in the CIVA camera system of the Philae lander were manufactured from two different types of radiation-resistant optical glasses from SCHOTT in Duryea.
“Thanks to our radiation-resistant optical glass, which we produced in Duryea, ten years of exposure to cosmic radiation have not impaired the performance of our lenses. Our special lenses ensure that the image quality is still excellent even following the long flight into space. It is an honor for us that our high-performance glass is being used in this mission,” said Dave Alunni, Production Manager at Advanced Optics of SCHOTT North America Inc. The lenses used in the panorama camera were designed and built by FISBA OPTIK from St. Gallen, Switzerland.