M. Cirasuolo, O. A. Gonzalez, P. Rees, I. R. Bryson, A. Fairley, W. Taylor, J. Afonso, S. Lilly, C. J. Evans, H. Flores, R. Maiolino, E. Oliva, S. Paltani, L. Vanzi, M. Abreu, J.-P. Amans, D. Atkinson, S. Beard, C. Béchet, M. Black, D. Boettger, D. Buscher, A. Cabral, C. M. Carollo, W. D. Cochran, J. Coelho, M. Colling, R. Conzelmann, F. Dalessio, L. Dauvin, G. Davidson, G. Fasola, D. Ferruzzi, M. Fisher, M. Flores, B. Garilli, A. Gargiulo, J. Gaudemard, I. Guinouard, P. Gutierrez, R. Haigron, C. Haniff, D. Ives, O. Iwert, P. Laporte, D. Lee, G. Li Causi, Y. Luco, A. Macleod, C. Maire, B.-T. Melse, A. Oliveira, L. Origlia, I. Parry, R. Piazzesi, F. Reix, M. Rodrigues, F. Rojas, F. Royer, P. Santos, R. Schnell, T.-C. Shen, M. Sordet, J. Strachan, X. Sun, G. Tait, A. Tozzi, S. Tulloch, L. Von Dran, C. Waring, S. Watson, B. Woodward, Y. Yang
The Multi Object Optical and Near-infrared Spectrograph (MOONS) instrument is the next generation multi-object spectrograph for the VLT. This powerful instrument will combine for the first time: the large collecting power of the VLT with a high multipexing capability offered by 1000 optical fibres moved with individual robotic positioners and a novel, very fast spectrograph able to provide both low- and high-resolution spectroscopy simultaneously across the wavelength range 0.64μm - 1.8μm. Such a facility will provide the astronomical community with a powerful, world-leading instrument able to serve a wide range of Galactic, Extragalactic and Cosmological studies. Th final assembly, integration and verification phase of the instrument is now about to start performance testing.
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