Operational Project Spotlight

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 ┬Ám. 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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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