Single Aperture Far-Infrared Observatory

SAFIR Spacecraft SAFIR Spacecraft

Artist's concept of Single Aperture Far-Infrared Observatory
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Mission Summary

The Single Aperture Far-Infrared Observatory, or SAFIR, is a proposed NASA mission to study the earliest evolution of galaxies, stars and planetary systems using a large cryogenic space telescope.

Designed as a follow-on to the Spitzer Space Telescope, the mission would use a single primary mirror more than five times the size of Spitzer's to detect and study objects previously masked by dust and other space debris.

Scientific Instrument(s)

- High-sensitivity detector arrays

Acronym: SAFIR
Type: Orbiter
Status: Proposed
Launch Date: 2015
Target: Universe