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NASA's WISE will Map the Universe in Infrared

WISE SatelliteNASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, is a low-Earth-orbit telescope scheduled for launch in December 2009. Over a six-month period, WISE will survey the whole sky at infrared wavelengths (3-23 microns, i.e., 4-33 times longer than wavelengths visible to the human eye) with far greater sensitivity than any previous mission or program. The telescope will unveil the mysteries of near-Earth asteroids, the coldest and nearest stars, regions of new star and planet formation in our Galaxy, the most luminous galaxies in the Universe, and quasars possibly near the cosmic horizon.

Dr. Ned Wright (UCLA) is the principal investigator of the WISE mission. Women play several prominent roles in the mission as its program scientist at NASA, deputy project scientist, payload manager, spacecraft program manager, etc.

You can find WISE-related education material and information here.





Monthly Feature

During each month of the International Year of Astronomy, we'll highlight some key NASA missions, space science discoveries, and night-sky wonders that you can discover with your own observations and explorations, and we'll connect you to related NASA resources and events.

Join us each month of 2009 as we explore:

2009 » Hot Topics » Go Observe!
January Telescopes and Space Probes: Today's Starry Messengers Venus
February Our Solar System The Moon
March Observing at Night... and in the Day Saturn
April Galaxies and the Distant Universe The Whirlpool Galaxy
May Our Sun The Sun
June Clusters of Stars The Hercules Cluster
July Black Holes Our Galaxy: the Milky Way
August Rocks and Ice in the Solar System Perseids
September Planets and Moons Jupiter
October What is the Fate of the Universe? Andromeda
November The Lives of Stars The Crab Nebula
December Discovering New Worlds The Orion Nebula

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Galaxies Collide

Galaxies Collide

Galaxies are in constant motion. This pair of crashing galaxies is called "The Antennae" because the long streamers of stars thrown off early in the collision resemble an insectís antennae.