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The Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF)

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  12 April 2016

Giovanni G. Fazio
Affiliation:
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
Peter Eisenhardt
Affiliation:
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91109, USA
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The Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF) is a one-meter class observatory for infrared astronomy that will be launched into high earth orbit by NASA in the late 1990’s. SIRTF’s three focal plane instruments will permit imaging and spectroscopy over most of the infrared spectrum with sensitivities of 100 to 10,000 times their predecessors. This paper briefly reviews SIRTF’s capabilities, science objectives, and current status.

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II. Future Missions
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Copyright © Kluwer 1990

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Werner, M.W., and Eisenhardt, P.: 1988, Astro. Lett, and Communications 27, 89 Google Scholar
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Werner, M. W., Brooks, W. F., Manning, L. A., and Eisenhardt, P.: 1989, Proc. Third Infrared Detector Technology Workshop, ed. by McCreight, C., p. 387, NASA TM- 102209Google Scholar
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