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SIRTF: an overview
Author(s): Michael W. Werner
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Paper Abstract

This paper reports on the status of SIRTF--the Space Infrared Telescope Facility. SIRTF will be a cryogenically- cooled space telescope instrumented with large-format, state of the art infrared detector arrays. SIRTF will complete NASA's family of Great Observatories and also serve as a cornerstone of the Origins program. SIRTF will be launched in 2001, carrying a complement of imaging and spectroscopic instrumentation, for a mission approximately 5 yr in duration. SIRTF will be placed in an earth-trailing heliocentric orbit; the very favorable thermal environment of this orbit has enabled a novel warm-launch architecture for the cryogenic system. More than 75% of the observing time on SIRTF will be available to the general scientific community. The community involvement in SIRTF began in June of 2000 with the formal release of the call for Legacy Science proposals.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 November 2000
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 4131, Infrared Spaceborne Remote Sensing VIII, (16 November 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.406533
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Michael W. Werner, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4131:
Infrared Spaceborne Remote Sensing VIII
Marija Strojnik; Bjorn F. Andresen, Editor(s)

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