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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
John F. Kennedy Space Center
Kennedy Space Center, Florida 32899
FOR RELEASE: 03/06/2003
PHOTO NO: KSC-03PD-0604
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. -- The Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF) is uncovered in the clean room of Building AE to permit workers access to the spacecraft to begin final preparations for its launch aboard a Delta II rocket. The observatory was shipped to Florida from the Lockheed Martin plant in Sunnyvale, Calif. SIRTF will obtain images and spectra by detecting the infrared energy, or heat, radiated by objects in space between wavelengths of 3 and 180 microns (1 micron is one-millionth of a meter). Most of this infrared radiation is blocked by the Earth's atmosphere and cannot be observed from the ground. Consisting of an 0.85-meter telescope and three cryogenically cooled science instruments, SIRTF is one of NASA's largest infrared telescopes to be launched. Its highly sensitive instruments will give a unique view of the Universe and peer into regions of space that are hidden from optical telescopes on the ground or orbiting telescopes such as the Hubble Space Telescope. SIRTF is scheduled for launch from Launch Complex 17-B, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

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