From Basovizza to Geneva: the ESPRESSO Instrument Control Electronics is ready for the integration
The instrument control electronics of ESPRESSO, built at the Astronomical Observatory of Trieste, passed the first integration phase at Merate (Astronomical Observatory of Brera) and is now ready for the European full integration with all the other ESPRESSO subsystems.
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First laboratory light for the spectrograph ESPRESSO
Five years after kick-off, the instrument ESPRESSO produces its first images. It is a laboratory first light, but nevertheless an important moment for the many scientists involved in the construction of the very high resolution spectrograph for the ESO VLT (Very Large Telescope), among them ten of our colleagues. We expect ESPRESSO to give fundamental contributions in the search for and characterization of rocky exo-planets in the habitable zone of nearby stars, and in the measurement of the possible variability of the fundamental physical constants.
Link to the post on the first light in the web page of ESPRESSO
ESPRESSO web page at the OATs