NASA Science Highlights


Below are the revised (5/19/98) drafts of the viewgraphs from the NASA Keck/IRTF MOWG meeting. The table has the viewgraphs in the order that they will be made into color VG and the report at the printers. Those that are marked [DEL] in this section will become VG only - and not go in the paper bound report. The viewgraph file name is listed below each entry. Please refer to these file names when sending me comments. This is a clickable table, click on each thumbnail for an enlarged view.

Introduction,
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IRTF Mission,
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IRTF Mission,
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IRTF Mission,
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IRTF Mission,
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IRTF Mission,
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Instruments,
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Instruments,
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Instruments,
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IRTF Mission,
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Science Highlight,
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Science Highlight,
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Science Highlight,
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Science Highlight,
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Science Highlight,
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Science Highlight,
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Science Highlight,
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Science Highlight,
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Science Highlight,
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Science Highlight,
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Science Highlight,
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Science Highlight,
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Science Highlight,
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Science Highlight,
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Science Highlight,
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Science Highlight,
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Science Highlight,
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Science Highlight,
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Science Highlight,
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Mission Support,
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Mission Support,
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Mission Support,
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Mission Support,
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Mission Support,
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Mission Support,
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Mission Support,
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Mission Support,
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Future Science,
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Future Science,
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Future Science [DEL],
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Future Science [DEL],
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Future Science [DEL],
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Future Science [DEL],
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Future Science [DEL],
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Future Science [DEL],
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Future Science,
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Future Science,
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Future Science,
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Future Science,
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Future Science,
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Future Science,
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Future Science,
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Future Science,
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NASA's Role,
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Supporting Req. [DEL],
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NASA's Role,
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NASA's Role,
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Impact,
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Supporting Requirements,
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Supporting Requirements,
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Supporting Requirements,
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Supporting Requirements,
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Management Issues,
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Summary and Rec.,
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Introduction [DEL],
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Science Highlight [DEL],
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Future Science [DEL],
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NASA's Role [DEL],
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NASA's Role [DEL],
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NASA's Role [DEL],
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NASA's Role [DEL],
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NASA's Role [DEL],
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NASA IRTF Role in Space Missions


This section highlights the role of the IRTF in supporting upcoming space missions. Because of the flexibility in scheduling (including service observing, focussed campaigns (e.g. D/Shoemaker-Levy 9, C/1996 B2 Hyakutake and C/1995 O1 Hale-Bopp), and daytime observations with the ability to observe objects at small solar elongations, the NASA IRTF is ideally suited to mission support. The table below lists recent, current and planned missions and the role that the IRTF will play in these missions.

Please send any comments especially on the role of the irtf directly to me.

NASA Missions

MissionLaunchTargetsIRTF Support
GalileoOct 1989Jupiter system, asteroids
  • Jovian Atm (temporal evolution, global context)
  • Probe entry site
  • Io volcanism
  • Io flux tube
  • NEARFeb 1996Asteroid
  • Thermal vs. wavelength to model thermal inertia and T for interpreting 0.9-2.4um spectra
  • 10um spectra for minerology
  • CassiniOct 1997Saturn System, asteroid, Titan
  • Mid IR spectroscopy of Saturn - temporal global coverage
  • Titan wind observations
  • Titan temporal IR spectroscopy
  • Icy Sats: 1-5um reflectance to plan VIMS
  • Rings - 1-5um spectra, thermal inertia
  • NEATongoingNEOs, comets, asteroids
  • Immediate followup - 1-5um spectra surface comp
  • Size, albedo, thermal inertia within 0.25 AU
  • Deep Space 1 Jul 1998Comet
  • Nucleus/ast size, albedo, rotation to plan imaging
  • Thermal measurements to model dust environment prior to encounter
  • Mars Surveyor 98Dec 1998Mars
  • IR monitoring of dust (CO band) for knowledge of density for aerobraking
  • Monitor Atm. Temp for aerobraking
  • Mars Surveyor 01Mar 2001Mars
  • IR monitoring of dust (CO band) for knowledge of density for aerobraking
  • Monitor Atm. Temp for aerobraking
  • Long-term atm / weather observations - volatile cycles
  • Mars Surveyor 03May 2003Mars
  • IR monitoring of dust (CO band) for knowledge of density for aerobraking
  • Monitor Atm. Temp for aerobraking
  • Long-term atm / weather observations - volatile cycles
  • StardustFeb 1999Comet sample return
  • Thermal emission of dust content-Model dust environ
  • Nucleus size / rotation for mission imaging
  • NEAP 1999-2000AsteroidThermal IR for size, albedo, rotation
  • Thermal vs. wavelength to model thermal inertia to interpret 0.9-2.4um spectra
  • 10um spectroscopy to get minerology
  • SIRTF 2001Various
  • Characterize classes of objects for target selection
  • Provide impt. 1-5 um spectra for characterizing brown dwarfs
  • Thermal measurements for interpretation of protoplanetary disk data
  • SOFIA 2001Origins-related
  • Developing target lists
  • Complementary wavelength coverage
  • Followup Observations
  • Instrumentation development
  • ContourJul 20023 Comets
  • Nucleus size, albedo, rotation for mission imaging
  • Thermal emission of dust for dust environment
  • Big IRTF campaign 11/03 for Encke Earth approach of 0.2 AU
  • Europa Orbiter 2002-2003Europa
  • Measure disk integrated thermal properties to compare to Galileo mission
  • Search for active endogenic hotspots in eclipse
  • Muses-C 2002Asteroid sample return
  • Thermal measurments for size, albedo, rotation
  • Thermal measurements versus wavelength for thermal inertia
  • 10 um spectroscopy for minerology
  • Pluto Fast Flyby2004Pluto, Charon, KB objects
  • 1-5um SPEX spectra to monitor decay of atmosphere
  • RosettaJan 20032 Asteroids, Comet
  • Nucleus physical characteristics size, albedo, rotation - to plan imaging
  • Knowledge of dust environment
  • Deep Space 4May 2003Comet
  • Thermal emission for size and albedo
  • Thermal measurements of dust as a function of time to predict s/c environment
  • Search for local active areas

  • The above missions are those for which the NASA IRTF will play a supporting ground-based role. Click here for other NASA Missions.
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    Last modified: May 19, 1998