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The Space Infrared Interferometric Telescope (SPIRIT): A Far-IR Observatory for High-resolution Imaging and Spectroscopy

Presented by: David Leisawitz (Goddard Space Flight Center)
Category: Engineering Colloquia   Duration: 1 hour   Broadcast date: November 30, 2009
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This presentation will give an overview of the mission's main science goals and measurement capabilities, the mission concept, and the status of key enabling technologies. SPIRIT is a logical successor to Spitzer and Herschel and companion to JWST and ALMA; by providing sensitive sub-arcsecond resolution images and integral field spectroscopy in the 25 to 400 micron wavelength range, the Space Infrared Interferometric Telescope (SPIRIT) will revolutionize our understanding of the formation of planetary systems and enable us to "follow the water" as these systems develop, find and characterize exoplanets based on their sculpting effects on protoplanetary and debris disks, probe the atmospheres of extrasolar giant planets, and make unique and profound contributions to our understanding of the formation, merger history, and star formation history of galaxies. SPIRIT was studied as a candidate Origins Probe mission and is presently under review by the Astrophysics Decadal Survey Committee. Related publications are available at http://astrophysics.gsfc.nasa.gov/cosmology/spirit/.

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