The installation of the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) on the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) allows for the first time two-dimensional optical and ultraviolet slitless spectroscopy of faint objects from space. The STIS Parallel Survey (SPS) routinely obtains broad band images and slitless spectra of random fields in parallel with HST observations using other instruments. The SPS is designed to study a wide variety of astrophysical phenomena, including the rate of star formation in galaxies at intermediate to high redshift through the detection of emission-line galaxies. We present the first results of the SPS, which demonstrate the capability of STIS slitless spectroscopy to detect and identify high-redshift galaxies.

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Also archived in: arXiv: astro-ph/9710357 v1 30 Oct 1997 We wish to acknowledge useful discussions with Ray Weymann, Thomas Erben,Mario Nonino,Michael Rosa, and Benoit Pirenne and support and help from the STIS investigation definition team. We thank Karl Glazebrook for providing redshift identification software.ISSN:1538-4365 Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works in February 2014.

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