Operational Project Spotlight

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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Spitzer Space Telescope Spitzer Spitzer Missions & Centers

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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Past Missions & Centers at IPAC

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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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