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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Planck Planck_sq Missions & Centers

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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In Development Missions & Centers at IPAC

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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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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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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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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