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ESA joins forces with Japan on new infrared sky surveyor

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moncler outlet sale cheap moncler “Our involvement with the Japanese in this programme responds to our long term commitment in infrared astronomy, whose potential for discovery is huge. We are now offand rolling with ASTRO F/Akari, but we are also working extremely hard towards the launch of the next generation infrared telescope, ESA’s Herschel spacecraft, which will go up in the next two years,” he continued. cheap moncler moncler outlet sale

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cheap moncler jackets sale moncler outlet uk On 21 February, at 22:28 Central European Time, (22 February, 06:28 local time), a Japanese M V rocket blasted offfrom the Uchinoura Space Centre, in the Kagoshima district of Japan, carrying the new infrared satellite into space. moncler outlet uk cheap moncler jackets sale

moncler outlet online moncler outlet store In about two weeks’ time, ASTRO F will be in polar orbit around the Earth at an altitude of 745 kilometres. From there, after two months of system check outs and performance verification, it will survey the whole sky in about half a year, with much better sensitivity, spatial resolution and wider wavelength coverage than its only infrared surveyor predecessor, the Anglo Dutch US IRAS satellite (1983). moncler outlet store moncler outlet online

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cheap moncler jackets moncler outlet sale The European Space Agency and Europe have a strong tradition in infrared astronomy, which is now being continued by the participationof the UK, the Netherlands and ESA in ASTRO F. ESA is providing network support through its ground station in Kiruna (Sweden) for a few passes per day. moncler outlet sale cheap moncler jackets

moncler sale outlet moncler outlet ESA is also providing expertise and support for the sky survey data processing. This includes ‘pointing reconstruction’ which means measuring exactly where the observed objects are in the sky, to help accelerate the production of sky catalogues and ultimately produce a census of the infrared universe. moncler outlet moncler sale outlet

moncler jacket sale moncler sale outlet In return, ESA has obtained ten percent of the observing opportunities during the second and third operational phases of the ASTRO F mission, which is being allocated to European astronomers to perform their proposed observations. moncler sale outlet moncler jacket sale

moncler outlet uk moncler sale “The cooperation offered to ESA by Japan in ASTRO F will help keep up momentum for European astronomers as they build on their past work with ISO, and look forward to the launch of ESA’s Herschel infrared mission, in early 2008,” commented Prof. Southwood. moncler sale moncler outlet uk

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