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Fraser
2005-Sep-09, 09:43 AM
SUMMARY: The last of the Great Observatories, NASA's Space Infrared Telescope Facility, gathered first light from two of its instruments: the infrared array camera and the multi-band imaging photometer. These tests are part of the observatory's two-month in-orbit checkout, which will be followed by a one-month verification phase. Operators will continue to fine-tune SIRTF's focus and test out another instrument later this month. Once it's finally ready for scientific duty, SIRTF will study galaxies and stars in the infrared spectrum and search for signs of planetary disks forming around young stars to help us understand how our own solar system formed.

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