One of the main scientific goals of SIRTF
, I think, is to develop a much better understanding of how stars and planets form.
will be the final mission in NASA's Great Observatories Program--a family of four orbiting observatories, each observing the Universe in a different kind of light (visible, gamma rays, X-rays, and infrared).
Science Center is based at Caltech and the SIRTF
Project Office is at JPL.
is the final element in NASA's Great Observatories Program -- a family of four orbiting observatories and an important scientific and technical link to the new Astronomical Search for Origins Program.
, this approach meant a tight budget cap and an accelerated schedule--but only after years of delay in getting started.
As professional astronomers revel in the terabyte bounty of infrared data and make their target lists for using SIRTF
and other studies, you can explore the full infrared sky from home.
Any celestial body with a temperature warmer than a few degrees Kelvin is a potential target for SIRTF
Recommended to complement SIRTF
and SOFIA, SAFIR will observe in the atmospherically blocked 30-to 300-micron band of the very far infrared.
The Space InfraRed Telescope Facility, or SIRTF
, Part Four in the Great Observatory story, won't be launched until 2001.
However, final confirmation may not come until the launch of the next generation of infrared space observatories, including NASA's SIRTF
(Space Infrared Telescope Facility) and ESA's FIRST (Far Infrared Submillimetre Telescope).
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and the Hubble Space Telescope, whose narrow fields of view preclude survey work.
The last of NASA's four planned Great Observatories, SIRTF
is the only one still awaiting formal approval.