Infrared Telescope in Space

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The InfraRed Telescope in Space (IRTS) is the first Japanese orbiting mission for infrared astronomy.

IRTS Missions & Center Past

Overview:

The Infrared Telescope in Space (IRTS) is a cryogenically cooled, small infrared telescope that flew from March - April in 1995. It surveyed approximately 10% of the sky with a relatively wide beam during its 20 day mission. An overview of IRTS, as well as more detailed information is provided by the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS), and the Infrared Astronomical Database of IRTS (DARTS), in Sagamihara, Japan.

IPAC's role:

Major roles for IPAC include position reconstruction and archiving the data.

Links:

  • IRTS data atlas at IRSA
  • Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS)
  • Infrared Astronomical Database of IRTS (DARTS), in Sagamihara, Japan
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