Space Infrared Telescope Facility


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Space Infrared Telescope Facility:

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research satellite designed to study solar radiation, electromagnetic radiation from distant stars, the earth's atmosphere, or the like. Because the atmosphere and other aspects of the earth's environment interfere with astronomical observations from the
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Space Infrared Telescope Facility

(SIRTF) Original name of the Spitzer Space Telescope.
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The next steps really will be to see what the Space Infrared Telescope Facility can tell us about these objects," notes Koekemoer.
In December astronomers showed off some spectacular early results from the Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF) and also took the occasion to rename it.
In a few months, NASA is scheduled to launch the Space Infrared Telescope Facility.
NASA'S SPACE INFRARED TELESCOPE Facility (SIRTF) is poised to do for infrared astronomy what the Chandra X-ray Observatory did for X-ray astronomy: open up new vistas by peering more deeply than ever before in a waveband not detectable from the ground.
The Space Infrared Telescope Facility, scheduled for launch next year, will test Stern's ideas by measuring the size and reflectivity of Kuiper belt objects.
That's why planet hunters are eagerly awaiting the launch next year of NASA's Space Infrared Telescope Facility.
So were several major projects currently nearing completion, such as the Space InfraRed Telescope Facility (SIRTF) and the Stratospheric Observatory for Far-Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA).