The end of WISE in the infrared

Hi there,

It was only a short while ago (Dec 14 2009) that WISE was launched to scna the sky in infrared but now it has run out of coolant! It’s a bit sad really…

Feb. 17 – The WISE Spacecraft transmitter was turned off for the final time at 12:00 noon PST today (Feb 17). WISE Principal Investigator Ned Wright sent the last command. The Spacecraft will remain in hibernation without ground contacts awaiting possible future use.

http://wise.ssl.berkeley.edu/ Now it will probably be used for scanning nearby NEOs (Near Earth Objects) WISE has contributed significantly during it short life – and many great images have been seen by many – please also check out the NASA site as well:

blue star near the center of this image is Zeta Ophiuchi

The blue star near the center of this image is Zeta Ophiuchi. When seen in visible light it appears as a relatively dim red star surrounded by other dim stars and no dust. However, in this infrared …

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/WISE/main/index.html

WISE’s Last Light

WISE, took its last snapshot of the sky

On the morning of February 1, 2011, NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, took its last snapshot of the sky. This “last light” image is reminiscent of the “first light” image from …

Regards

Estelle

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