SIRTF


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SIRTF

(sert -eff) Abbrev. for Space Infrared Telescope Facility.
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Dr Michael Jura, SIRTF interdisciplinary scientist for planetary science at the University of California at Los Angeles, said:
This unique orbit will carry SIRTF far enough from the Earth to allow the telescope to cool rapidly without having to carry large amounts of cryogen.
They will make up the SIRTF Legacy Science Program, which will involve American-led science teams worldwide.
The SIRTF observatory is expected to be approximately one thousand times more sensitive than Earth-based infrared telescopes.
More than 20 years later, SIRTF is in space, but it doesn't look anything like that old picture.
SIRTF will identify recently formed or forming solar systems by finding dust disks around nearby stars.
SIRTF will measure the albedos and true diameters of several dozen KBOs.
SIRTF is the last of NASA's four Great Observatories (the others were Chandra, the Hubble Space Telescope, and the now-defunct Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory).
SIRTF, on the other hand, can be launched into its Earth-trailing orbit around the Sun at any time of year, though its observing program will have to be replanned.
The incident pushed SIRTF back in the launch queue after the Mars rovers, forcing reevaluation of the mission's early observing plan (February issue, page 42).
Our long heritage of space observatories, including Hubble and SIRTF, and extensive experience with interferometers, precision pointing, and highly advanced optical systems will serve us well in charting a course for SIM that will ensure mission success.