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SIRTF - The Shuttle Infrared Telescope FacilityThe Shuttle Infrared Telescope (SIRTF) is a 1-m class cryogenically cooled telescope to be operated from the shuttle as a facility for infrared astronomy. By exploiting the very low infrared background of space, SIRTF will achieve 100 to 1000 times the sensitivity currently attainable at infrared wavelengths between 2 and 200 microns. The scientific requirements of SIRTF, the current design concept, and the scientific capabilities of the systems are reviewed. We also review recent experimental results showing that mirrors made of glassy materials may be suitable for use in large cryogenic telescopes such as SIRTF.
Document ID
19820024331
Document Type
Technical Memorandum (TM)
Authors
Werner, M. W. (NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Witteborn, F. C. (NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
September 4, 2013
Publication Date
August 1, 1982
Subject Category
ASTRONOMY
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.15:81322
A-9049
NASA-TM-81322
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 358-41-06-02
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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