Operational Project Spotlight

Herschel Space Observatory Herschel_sq Herschel Missions & Centers

Herschel Space Observatory is the European Space Agency's fourth "Cornerstone Mission". NASA is a partner in the Herschel mission, and the NASA Herschel Science Center is located at IPAC.

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Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer Wise WISE Missions & Centers

The Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) provides an all-sky survey from 3 to 25 microns which is up to 500 times more sensitive than the previous infrared all-sky survey from IRAS survey. WISE launched on 14 December 2009. The Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC) is responsible for data processing and archiving, and preparing images for public release into the image gallery.

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Operational Missions and Programs at IPAC

Herschel Space Observatory Herschel_sq Herschel Missions & Centers Operational

Herschel Space Observatory is the European Space Agency's fourth "Cornerstone Mission". NASA is a partner in the Herschel mission, and the NASA Herschel Science Center is located at IPAC.

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Kepler Kepler Kepler Missions & Centers Operational

Kepler is NASA's first mission capable of finding Earth-size planets around other stars. Within IPAC, NExScI developed, hosts and operates the Kepler Science Analysis System (KSAS).

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Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network Faulkes_north LCOGT Missions & Centers Operational

LCOGT is a privately funded observatory building a global network of more than 30 2-meter, 1-meter, and 0.4-meter telescopes.

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NEOWISE Wise NEOWISE Missions & Centers Operational

The NEOWISE project is the asteroid-hunting portion of the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission. NEOWISE harvests measurements of asteroids and comets from the WISE images and provides a rich archive for searching WISE data for solar system objects.

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Planck Planck_sq Missions & Centers Operational

Planck's objective is to analyze, with the highest accuracy ever achieved, the remnants of the radiation that filled the Universe immediately after the Big Bang, which we observe today as the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB). The US Planck Data Center is located at IPAC, and IPAC generated the Early Release Compact Source Catalog (ERCSC), the first public data product from the mission.

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Keck Interferometer Keck_sq KI Missions & Centers Operational

The Keck Interferometer (KI) unites the twin 10-meter Keck Telescopes in Hawaii to create the largest optical/near-infrared interferometer in the world, equivalent to a single 85-m diameter telescope with a spatial resolution of 5 milliarcseconds in the near-IR. The NASA Exoplanet Science Institute (NExScI) at IPAC is responsible for developing and operating the Science Operations System for KI.

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Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer Lbti LBTI Missions & Centers Operational

The Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer, or LBTI, is a ground-based instrument connecting two 8-meter class telescopes on Mount Graham in Arizona to form the largest single-mount telescope in the world.

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NASA Exoplanet Science Institute Nexsci NExScI Missions & Centers Operational

The NASA Exoplanet Science Institute (NExScI) provides tools and archives for the exoplanet community, administers the Sagan program of fellowships and workshops, supports the Keck Interferometer and Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer. NExScI provides administration of NASA Keck telescope time, and additional projects in the Exoplanet Exploration Program.

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Palomar Transient Factory P48_1 PTF Missions & Centers Operational

The Palomar Transient Factory (PTF) is a fully-automated, wide-field optical survey aimed at a systematic exploration of the transient sky. The program utilizes a 12Kx8K, 7.8 square degree CCD array on the 1.2-m Oschin Telescope at Palomar Observatory, surveying roughly 1000 square degrees nightly.

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Spitzer Space Telescope Spitzer Spitzer Missions & Centers Operational

The Spitzer Space Telescope (formerly SIRTF), the infrared component of NASA's series of Great Observatories, was launched on August 25, 2003. The Spitzer Science Center is located within IPAC, and the Spitzer Heritage Archive is hosted by IRSA.

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