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16 November 2000 SIRTF: an overview
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This paper reports on the status of SIRTF--the Space Infrared Telescope Facility. SIRTF will be a cryogenically- cooled space telescope instrumented with large-format, state of the art infrared detector arrays. SIRTF will complete NASA's family of Great Observatories and also serve as a cornerstone of the Origins program. SIRTF will be launched in 2001, carrying a complement of imaging and spectroscopic instrumentation, for a mission approximately 5 yr in duration. SIRTF will be placed in an earth-trailing heliocentric orbit; the very favorable thermal environment of this orbit has enabled a novel warm-launch architecture for the cryogenic system. More than 75% of the observing time on SIRTF will be available to the general scientific community. The community involvement in SIRTF began in June of 2000 with the formal release of the call for Legacy Science proposals.
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Michael W. Werner "SIRTF: an overview", Proc. SPIE 4131, Infrared Spaceborne Remote Sensing VIII, (16 November 2000);


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