The Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer ( Wise ) : Mission Description and Initial On-orbit Performance

  title={The Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer ( Wise ) : Mission Description and Initial On-orbit Performance},
  author={Edward L. Wright and Peter Eisenhardt and Amy K. Mainzer and Michael E. Ressler and Roc M. Cutri and Thomas Jarrett and James D. Kirkpatrick and Deborah Padgett and Robert S. McMillan and Michael F. Skrutskie and Susan Stanford and Martin Cohen and Russell G. Walker and John C. Mather and David Leisawitz and Thomas N. Gautier and Ian J. McLean and Dominic J. Benford and Carol J. Lonsdale and Andrew W. Blain and Bryan M{\'e}ndez and William R. Irace and Val{\'e}rie Duval and Fengchuan Liu and Don Royer and Ingolf Heinrichsen and Joan Howard and Mark Shannon and Martha Kendall and Amy L. Walsh and Mark F. Larsen and Joel G. Cardon and Scott Schick and Mark Schwalm and Mohamed Abid and Beth Fabinsky and Larry Naes and C J Tsai},
The all sky surveys done by the Palomar Observatory Schmidt, the European Southern Observatory Schmidt, and the United Kingdom Schmidt, the InfraRed Astronomical Satellite, and the Two Micron All Sky Survey have proven to be extremely useful tools for astronomy with value that lasts for decades. The Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) is mapping the whole sky following its launch on 2009 December 14. WISE began surveying the sky on 2010 January 14 and completed its first full coverage of… CONTINUE READING
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