Infrared Space Observatory


ISO Missions & Center Past


The Infrared Space Observatory (ISO) was launched by ESA in late 1995 and operated for 30 months before the cryogen was exhausted. A cooled 60-cm telescope and four science instruments conducted nearly 30,000 observations at wavelengths between 2.5 and 240 microns. Subsequent processing and analysis of data will continue through 2001. ISO has left a rich treasure of scientific results, ranging from the Solar System to galaxies in the distant Universe. ISO data are available for archival research by the entire science community.

IPAC's role:

IPAC worked to improve data pipelines and specialized software analysis tools to yield the best quality calibration and data reduction methods from the mission. IPAC supported ISO observers and data archive users through in-house visits and workshops, and developed IRSA's ISO visualizer.


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