AAS 198th Meeting, June 2001
Session 24. SIRTF's First Year: Science Plans and Science Opportunities
Invited, Monday, June 4, 2001, 11:40am-12:30pm, C101-104

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[24.01] SIRTF's First Year: Science Plans and Science Opportunities

M.W. Werner (JPL/Caltech)

The Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF) is a cryogenically-cooled observatory for infrared astronomy from space. SIRTF, scheduled for launch in 2002, will both complete NASA's family of Great Observatories and serve as a cornerstone of the Origins program. This talk will summarize the technical basis and status of SIRTF and review existing plans for the first year of SIRTF science, based on the programs defined by the SIRTF Science Working Group and by the recently-selected SIRTF Legacy Science investigations. In addition, the talk will review the schedule and opportunities for the international astronomical community to propose General Observer and Archival Research programs with SIRTF. About 25 and more than 75 observing time over the 2.5-to5 year SIRTF mission, will be made available to the community through these opportunities. The user community will interact with SIRTF through the SIRTF Science Center on the Caltech campus. Interested colleagues are invited to keep abreast of the status of SIRTF and the schedule for GO proposals via the SSC web site: http://sirtf.caltech.edu/

This talk will be based on work carried out at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under an agreement with the National Aeronautics

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