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Wide Field Infrared Explorer

(WIRE)
(partly-failed 1999 infrared satellite)

Wide Field Infrared Explorer (WIRE) was a 1999 satellite intended to perform an Infrared (IR) survey of the entire sky in the 21-27 micrometer and 9-15 micrometer bands. Equipment failure on launch partially ruined the instruments but it did have a life in photometric monitoring of bright stars for Asteroseismology research. The satellite reentered the Atmosphere in 2011.

Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) is a more recent mission with similar goals.


(telescope,reflector,space,infrared,past)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wide_Field_Infrared_Explorer
http://www.ipac.caltech.edu/wire/

Referenced by:
Asteroseismology
IPAC

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