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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

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Thursday, June 12 The von Kármán Auditorium at JPL
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, CA
Friday, June 13 The Vosloh Forum at Pasadena City College
1570 East Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA

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.
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