|| Topic - SIRTF - Space
Infrared Telescope Facility - The Last of the Great Observatories"
SIRTF - Space Infrared Telescope Facility - The Last of the Great Observatories"
presented by Dr. Michelle Thaller
JPL Astronomer, Space Infrared Telescope Facility
If you wish to view a tape of this show please contact Sherri Rowe-Lopez at (818) 354-6170.
| Thursday, June 12
|| The von
Kármán Auditorium at JPL
4800 Oak Grove Drive
| Friday, June 13
|| The Vosloh
Forum at Pasadena City College
1570 East Colorado Blvd.
Both lectures begin at 7 p.m.
Admission is free. Seating is limited.
For more information, call (818) 354-0112.
The Space Infrared
Telescope Facility (SIRTF) is the finale of NASA's Great Observatories Program
and the first mission of the Astronomical Search for Origins Program. The
largest infrared telescope ever launched, SIRTF will peer into the Universe
and reveal regions of space normally hidden to optical telescopes. The spacecraft
will use infrared light to see through dense clouds of gas and dust and unveil
clues about star formation and newly forming planetary systems as well as
image cooler objects such as small stars too dim to be detected by their visible
light. This presentation will address the scientific drive behind SIRTF
as well its developmental history and review any early scientific results
available. This is a story of both technical and personal interest as it
describes a journey filled with numerous challenges, many victories, and a
history that spans over 20 years.