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Paper: COSMO: Using Python and Databases to Monitor HST's Cosmic Origins Spectrograph
Volume: 521, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems XXVI
Page: 557
Authors: Taylor, J. M.; Ely, J.; Fix, M.
Abstract: The Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) was installed on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) in May 2009. COS is designed to perform high-sensitivity medium- and low-resolution spectroscopy of astronomical objects in the far-ultraviolet and near-ultraviolet wavelength regimes. We present an overview of a new comprehensive data repository, COSMO (COS MOnitoring) that is capable of automatic data retrieval and reduction as well as monitoring the instrument through analysis of observations and telemetry. COSMO relies on a database that allows for dynamic querying across a wide array of gathered data metrics. Calibration programs that monitor the instrument's stability and behavior have been integrated with COSMO to provide timely and accurate analysis of the COS detectors.
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