Operational Project Spotlight

NASA Exoplanet Science Institute Nexsci NExScI Missions & Centers

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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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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All Projects at IPAC

5mJy Unbiased Spitzer Extragalactic Survey 5muses 5MUSES Research Projects Operational

The 5mJy Unbiased Spitzer Extragalactic Survey (5Muses) is a mid-infrared spectroscopic survey of 330 galaxies with Spitzer's Infrared Spectrograph (IRS).

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Bandmerge Bandmerge Software Tools Operational

Bandmerge is a software package designed to take tables of positions and fluxes of detected astronomical sources in two to seven different wavebands, and write out a single table of merged data.

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Cosmic Assembly Near-infrared Deep Extragalactic Legacy Survey CANDELS Research Projects Operational

CANDELS is a powerful imaging survey of the distant Universe being carried out with two cameras on board the Hubble Space Telescope.

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Cube Builder for IRS Spectra Maps CUBISM Software Tools Operational

The Cube Builder for IRS Spectra Maps, is a tool for constructing spectral cubes, maps, and arbitrary aperture 1D spectral extractions from sets of mapping mode spectra taken with Spitzer's IRS spectrograph.

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Dwarf Archives Landtdwarf Research Projects Operational

DwarfArchives.org is an online archive containing astrometric, photometric, and spectroscopic information for all known L and T dwarfs, as well as a select sample of over 500 M dwarfs.

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Finder Chart Finderchart Finder Chart Software Tools Operational

Finder Chart provides image cutouts from the 2MASS, SDSS, and DSS sky surveys around a user specified location, allowing comparisons across wavelengths and time.

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Galaxy Evolution Explorer Galex_sq GALEX Missions & Centers Past

The Galaxy Evolution Explorer is a NASA Small Explorer mission designed to provide broadband imaging and spectroscopy at ultraviolet wavelengths. IPAC consulted in the development of the data processing system for GALEX.

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Great Observatories All-Sky LIRG Survey Goals GOALS Research Projects Operational

The Great Observatories All-sky LIRG Survey (GOALS), is combining imaging and spectroscopic data from NASA's Spitzer, Hubble, Chandra and GALEX space-borne observatories in a comprehensive study of over 200 of the most luminous infrared-selected galaxies in the local Universe.

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Habitable Zone Gallery Habitable Zone Gallery Research Projects Operational

The Habitable Zone Gallery (www.hzgallery.org) is a new service to the exoplanet community which provides Habitable Zone information for each of the exoplanetary systems with known planetary orbital parameters.

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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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IRAS Scan Processing and Integration tool Scanpi Scanpi Software Tools Operational

Scanpi is an interactive software tool for viewing, plotting and averaging the calibrated survey scans from the Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS); these scans are the fundamental data from the IRAS survey.

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IRSCLEAN Software Tools Operational

IRSCLEAN is an interactive IDL tool for creating bad pixel masks from Spitzer IRS BCD (and pre-BCD) image data, and "cleaning" the masked pixels in a set of data.

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Infrared Astronomical Satellite Iras_sq IRAS Missions & Centers Past

For ten months in 1983, the Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS) scanned more than 96 percent of the sky. IRAS was a joint project of the US, UK and the Netherlands. The IRAS mission performed an unbiased, sensitive all sky survey at 12, 25, 60 and 100 µm. IPAC was founded to support IRAS, and currently the IRAS archive of catalogs, images tools and documentation is held in the IRSA archive at IPAC.

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Infrared Space Observatory Iso_sq ISO Missions & Centers Past

The Infrared Space Observatory (ISO) was launched by ESA in late 1995 and operated for 30 months before the cryogen was exhausted. IPAC's role included improving data pipelines and specialized software analysis tools to yield the best quality calibration and data reduction methods from the mission. IPAC also supported ISO observers and data archive users through in-house visits and workshops, and developed IRSA's ISO visualizer.

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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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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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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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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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MIPS Galactic Plane Survey II MIPSGAL II Research Projects Operational

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Montage Montage Montage Software Tools Operational

Montage is a toolkit for assembling Flexible Image Transport System (FITS) images into custom mosaics.

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NASA Exoplanet Archive Nasaexoplanetarchive_logo NASA Exoplanet Archive Data Archives Operational

The NASA Exoplanet Archive is a general purpose stellar and exoplanet archive dedicated to supporting the astronomical community’s exoplanet discovery and characterization activities. It pursues two main avenues: it collects basic data for stars with exoplanets and stars that are potential hosts for exoplanets; and it archives time series data from programs searching for exoplanet transits.

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NASA Extragalactic Database Nedlogo NED Data Archives Operational

NED is the world's largest database of cross-correlated multiwavelength data for extragalactic objects, providing a systematic fusion of information integrated from hundred of large sky surveys and tens of thousands of research publications. The contents and services span the entire observed spectrum from gamma rays through radio frequencies.

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NEOCam Neocam-2010-08-05 NEOCam Missions & Centers Proposed

The Near-Earth Object Camera (NEOCam) is a new mission proposal designed to discover and characterize most of the potentially hazardous asteroids that are near the Earth. NEOCam consists of an infrared telescope and a wide-field camera operating at thermal infrared wavelengths. The NEOCam proposal has recently been funded by NASA for technology development.

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Palomar Testbed Interferometer Pti_sq PTI Missions & Centers Past

The Palomar Testbed Interferometer (PTI) was a near-infrared stellar interferometer located at Palomar Observatory and operated by JPL. PTI operated as a science facility by the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute (NExScI) at IPAC.

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Periodogram Tool Periodogram Tool Software Tools Operational

A periodogram measures the variation of spectral frequency in a time series data set, and is one of the most powerful tools in extracting periodic signals from time-varying data sets. The periodogram tool developed at NStED returns three main products: the periodogram itself; a table of the peaks in the periodogram, with the associated probabilities that these peaks arise by chance; and light curves phased to these periods.

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SPOT/LEOPARD SPOT/LEOPARD Software Tools Operational

Spot is a software package for Spitzer observers to plan observations and submit proposals, and Leopard is a software package once used to query and download data from the archive.

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Spitzer IRS Custom Extraction Spice-splash SPICE Software Tools Operational

The Spitzer IRS Custom Extraction (SPICE) software is a JAVA-based tool to interactively extract Spitzer Infrared Spectrograph (IRS) spectra.

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Spitzer Mapping of the Outer Galaxy SMOG Research Projects Operational

The Spitzer Mapping of the Outer Galaxy (SMOG) project is a 21 square degree area mapping of a representative region of the outer Galaxy (l=102-109, b=0-3) using Spitzer's IRAC and MIPS instruments.

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Spitzer Wide-area Infrared Extragalactic Survey Swire_patch SWIRE Research Projects Operational

The Spitzer Wide-area Infrared Extragalactic survey is one of six very large programs undertaken as Legacy surveys during the first year of flight of the Spitzer Space Telescope. SWIRE has imaged nearly 50 square degrees (equal to the area of 250 full moons) divided among 6 different directions on the sky, detecting over 2 million galaxies by their heat radiation, some of them over 11 billion light years away.

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The Panchromatic Hubble Ultra Deep Field: Ultraviolet Coverage Uvudf UVUDF Research Projects Operational

The Panchromatic Hubble Ultra Deep Field: Ultraviolet Coverage (UVUDF) is a treasury Hubble Space Telescope program using the WFC3-UVIS detector with the F225W, F275W, and F336W filters. These UV images will reach point source detection limits of AB=29, a factor of ten fainter than the GALEX ultradeep surveys.

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Transit Predictor Tool Transit Predictor Tool Software Tools Operational

This Transit Predictor Tool predicts future exoplanet transits based on available orbital parameters. There are separate tables for Confirmed Planets and for Kepler Objects of Interest.

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WFC3 Infrared Spectroscopic Parallel Survey WISPs Research Projects Operational

The WISP survey is a large Hubble Space Telescope pure parallel program with the WFC3 G102 and G141 infrared grisms. The broad, continuous, spectral coverage of the G102 and G141 grisms provides the best currently feasible measurement of the star formation rate continuously from 0.5 <z < 2.5.

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Wide-field Infrared Explorer Wire_sq WIRE Missions & Centers Past

The Wide-field Infrared Explorer (WIRE) was a NASA Small Explorer mission. IPAC provided science operations and data analysis for WIRE.

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Young Stellar Object Variability YSOVAR Research Projects Operational

The Young Stellar Object Variability project (YSOVAR) is an Exploration Science program being conducted by the Spitzer Space Telescope during its warm mission with the InfraRed Array Camera (IRAC).

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AstroPix Astropix_tn Data Archives In Development

NASA uses a format called AVM (Astronomical Visualization Metadata) to embed astronomical data directly into images. We scraped over one hundred massive images taken from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and extracted the AVM data from those images.

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Cool Cosmos Coolcosomos Education & Public Outreach Operational

In answering the wide public interest in space sciences, NASA has, for more than a decade, made Education and Public Outreach (EPO) an important element in their missions. This “Cool Cosmos” portal is the main gateway of the “Cool Cosmos” EPO group at the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center and the Spitzer Science Center.

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Cosmic Evolution Survey COSMOS Research Projects Operational

COSMOS is an HST Treasury Project to survey a 2 square degree equatorial field with the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS). The project also incorporates major commitments from other observatories, including Spitzer, GALEX, the VLA radio telescope, ESO's VLT in Chile, ESA's XMM X-ray satellite, and Japan's 8-meter Subaru telescope in Hawaii.

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Customizable User Pipeline for IRS Data CUPID Software Tools Operational

The Customizable User Pipeline for IRS Data (CUPID) allows users to run the Spitzer IRS Pipelines to re-create Basic Calibrated Data and extract calibrated spectra from the archived raw files.

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Euclid Euclid_spacecraft_illustration Euclid Missions & Centers In Development

As an ESA-led mission with participation from NASA, Euclid will map the geometry of the dark Universe.

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Galactic Dust Reddening and Extinction Dustbw_ann DUST Software Tools Operational

This service computes the interstellar reddening for a line of sight and/or region of the sky, returning the corresponding 100 μm intensity, reddening maps, region statistics, and estimated Galactic extinction.

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Ge Reprocessing Tools GeRT Software Tools Operational

The Ge Reprocessing Tools (GeRT) allow users to carry out custom data reduction of Spitzer MIPS-Ge (70 um and 160 um) data.

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HIRES Hires HIRES Software Tools Operational

HIRES retrieves IRAS raw scan data and then employs the Maximum Correlation Method to construct resolution-enhanced coadded images. HIRES default images have 2 arcminute resolution (compared to 4 arcminute ISSA images), and the algorithm allows for iteration that can achieve well below 1 arcminute resolution, depending on factors such as wavelength, slew rate, and survey coverage.

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Herschel Infrared Galactic Plane Survey Hi-GAL Research Projects Operational

The Herschel infrared Galactic Plane Survey (Hi-GAL) is a Herschel Open Time Key Project to map the inner Milky Way galaxy in 5 bands between 60 and 600 microns with diffraction limited spatial resolution.

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IPAC Communications & Education Ice-logo ICE Education & Public Outreach Operational

IPAC Communications and Education is a full service EPO/PA group that specializes in: Education and Public Outreach, Public Affairs, Graphic Design, Media Relations, Science Visualization, Video, Animations and Web Site Development.

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IRSA Query Tools in IDL Irsa_idl Software Tools Operational

IRSA provides a set of five IDL programs to assist users in working with catalogs and tables.

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IRSFRINGE IRSFRINGE Software Tools Operational

The IRSFRINGE tool is an IDL-based GUI package that allows observers to interactively remove fringes from high-resolution IRS spectra.

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Infrared Science Archive Irsa_sq IRSA Data Archives Operational

The NASA/IPAC Infrared Science Archive (IRSA) is the infrared component of the NASA archive centers. Specifically, IRSA’s charter states that it will (1) curate and serve scientific data products from NASA’s infrared and sub-millimeter projects and missions, (2) enable optimal scientific exploration of these data sets by astronomers, and (3) support planning for, operation of, and data set generation from NASA missions.

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Infrared Telescope in Space Irts.logo IRTS Missions & Centers Past

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.

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Keck Observatory Archive Koa KOA Data Archives Operational

The Keck Observatory Archive (KOA) is a NASA-funded collaboration between the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute (NExScI) at IPAC and the W. M. Keck Observatory (WMKO). KOA has been archiving data from the High Resolution Echelle Spectrograph (HIRES) and data acquired with the Near InfraRed echelle SPECtrograph (NIRSPEC). The archived data extend back to 1994 for HIRES and 1999 for NIRSPEC.

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Key Insights on Nearby Galaxies: a Far-Infrared Survey with Herschel Kingfish KINGFISH Research Projects Operational

The KINGFISH project (Key Insights on Nearby Galaxies: a Far-Infrared Survey with Herschel) is an imaging and spectroscopic survey of 61 nearby (d < 30 Mpc) galaxies, chosen to cover the full range of integrated properties and local interstellar medium (ISM) environments found in the local Universe.

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Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Lsst_sq LSST Missions & Centers In Development

The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) is a ground-based 8.4-meter, 10 square-degree-field telescope that will provide digital imaging of faint astronomical objects across the entire sky, night after night. IPAC as part of Caltech is an institutional member of the project, and is developing the web-based Science User Interface, providing the immediate portal for astronomers and the public to the data collected by the LSST on nightly, yearly, and survey-long bases.

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MIPS Galactic Plane Survey Mipsgal_sq MIPSGAL Research Projects Operational

MIPSGAL is an extensive infrared survey of the Galactic plane of the Milky Way, our Galaxy, using the Spitzer Space Telescope.

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Midcourse Space Experiment Msx-concept MSX Missions & Centers Past

The Midcourse Space Experiment (MSX), a BMDO-sponsored military satellite, was launched in April 1996. Collaborative efforts between the Air Force Research Laboratory and IPAC has resulted in an archive containing images for about 15 percent of the sky, including the entire Galactic Plane, the Large Magellanic Cloud, and regions of the sky missed by IRAS. The MSX data archive is hosted by IRSA at IPAC.

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Mosaicker and Point Source Extractor Mopex-splash MOPEX Software Tools Operational

MOPEX (MOsaicker and Point source EXtractor) is a package for reducing and analyzing imaging data, as well as MIPS SED data. MOPEX includes the point source extraction package, APEX.

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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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NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program Nitarp NITARP Education & Public Outreach Operational

NITARP, the NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program, gets teachers involved in authentic astronomical research. We partner small groups of educators with a mentor professional astronomer for an original research project. The educators incorporate the experience into their classrooms and share their experience with other teachers. The program runs January through January. Applications are available annually in May and due in September.

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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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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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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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Skyview Skyview Software Tools Operational

Skyview is an image display program that can overlay contour plots on images, slice out and analyze planes from image cubes, graphically illustrate the output of database queries onto corresponding images, and interact easily with other programs.

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Spitzer Infrared Nearby Galaxies Survey Sings_sq SINGS Research Projects Operational

The Spitzer Infrared Nearby Galaxies Survey (SINGS) is a comprehensive imaging and spectroscopic study of 75 nearby galaxies (D < 30 Mpc).

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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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Thirty Meter Telescope Top%20view%20of%20tmt%20complex TMT Missions & Centers In Development

TMT is a telescope under development with a 30-meter, filled aperture primary mirror composed of 492 x 1.46-meter segments. Instruments and an adaptive optics (AO) system will be housed on two large, stable Nasmyth platforms. TMT is ready to enter the Construction Phase at the Mauna Kea site in April 2014.

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Two Micron All-Sky Survey 2mass_sq 2MASS Missions & Centers Past

The Two Micron All-Sky Survey (2MASS) is a near-infrared digital imaging survey of the entire sky conducted by the University of Massachusetts and IPAC at 1.25, 1.65 and 2.17 microns. IPAC was responsible for all data processing through the Production Pipeline, and construction and distribution of the data products.

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Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope Wfirstlogo-august_3-01 WFIRST Missions & Centers In Development

The Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) is the top-ranked large space mission from the Astro2010 Decadal Survey. WFIRST is in the NASA formulation, or phase A, stage of development.

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Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer Wise WISE Missions & Centers Past

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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