DPS 34th Meeting, October 2002
Session 17. Centaurs and Kuiper Belt
Poster, Chair(s): , Tuesday, October 8, 2002, 3:30-6:00pm, Exhibit Hall

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[17.06] Far-IR Observations of Solar System and Debris Disk Targets Using SIRTF

J. Stansberry, G. Rieke, K. Su (U. Arizona), D. Cruikshank (NASA Ames), C. Beichman, N. Gautier, K. Stapelfeldt, M. Werner (JPL), W. Grundy (Lowell Obs.), Y. Fernandez (U. Hawaii), SIRTF/MIPS Team

MIPS, the Multiband Imaging Photometer for SIRTF (Space InfraRed Telescope Facility), offers imaging at 24, 70, and 160 \mu m, and low resolution spectroscopy (R=20) from 55-95 \mu m. The sensitivity and resolution will be significantly better than anything available so far. Launch is scheduled for January 2003, with science observations beginning 3 months after launch. Other instruments on SIRTF are the Infrared Array Camera (IRAC), a 3.5 - 10 \mu m imager, and the Infrared Spectrograph (IRS), a 5 -- 40 \mu m spectrometer.

One goal of the MIPS Team guaranteed time program is to study the properties of objects in the Kuiper Belt, and discover and measure the properties of debris disks around nearby stars. We summarize the nature of our planned observations of ~q 50 KBOs and Centaurs, and >200 debris disks, and discuss some quirks of planning observations with MIPS.

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