Saturday, April 16, 2011

SDL-built spacecraft releases new photos

Images of asteroids, galaxies and stars taken from the Space Dynamics Lab-built Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer are now available to the public after NASA's preliminary release of the data.

The data dump includes images from the first 105 days of WISE survey observations.

The initial release of data includes an image atlas, containing the images captured by WISE, and a source catalog, giving the position and brightness of more than 250 million objects detected in the WISE images.

Access to the WISE preliminary release data products will be available via a Web interface provided by the NASA/IPAC Infrared Science Archive. The final release is scheduled for the spring of 2012, according to SDL.

"This is a significant milestone for NASA's WISE mission, and I'm happy that SDL was able to play an integral role in it," said Niel Holt, director of the Space Dynamics Laboratory, in the press release. "WISE is an important example of our successful relationship as a trusted partner with NASA, providing infrared and other technologies to help them accomplish their missions over the past four decades."


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