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WISE Mapping the Infrared Sky

WISE Mapping the Infrared Sky

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Science Objectives
WISE will provide an all-sky survey from 3 to 25 μm with500,000 times the sensitivity of COBE/DIRBE and hundredsof times that of IRAS. The survey will help search for the
origins of planets, stars, and galaxies and create an infrared
atlas whose legacy will endure for decades.
WISE will:
Find the most luminous galaxies in the Universe.Find the closest stars to the Sun.Detect most Main Belt asteroids larger than 3 km.
Enable a wide variety of studies ranging from
the evolution of planetary debris discs to the historyof star formation in normal galaxies.Provide an important source catalog for JWST.
Mission Overview
Launch: 2009
Direct injection launch on a Delta II rocketinto a circular, 500-km, Sun-synchronousorbit.7-month baseline mission including a1-month checkout.■ Sky-pointing instrument.11-second data-taking exposure cyclesynchronized with orbit to provide total skycoverage with overlap between orbits.8 or more independent exposures at eachposition over more than 99% of the sky.
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Mapping the Infrared Sky
Survey Strategy
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