The infrared astronomical mission AKARI

  title={The infrared astronomical mission AKARI},
  author={Hiroshi Murakami and Hajime Baba and Peter Barthel and David L. Clements and M. C. Cohen and Yoshiyuki Doi and Keigo Enya and Elysandra Figuer{\^e}do and Naofumi Fujishiro and Haruhiko Fujiwara and M. Fujiwara and Pedro Garcı́a-Lario and Tomotsugu Goto and Sunao Hasegawa and Yasunori Hibi and T. Hirao and Norihisa Hiromoto and S. S. Hong and K. Imai and Miho N. Ishigaki and Masato Ishiguro and Daisuke Ishihara and Yoshifusa Ita and Woong-Seob Jeong and K. S. Jeong and Hidehiro Kaneda and Hirokazu Kataza and Mitsunobu Kawada and Toshihide Kawai and Akiko Kawamura and Martin F. Kessler and Dominicus Kester and Tsuneo Kii and D. C. Kim and W. Kim and H. Kobayashi and B.-C. Koo and S. M. Kwon and H. m. Lee and Rosario Lorente and Sin’itirou Makiuti and Hideo Matsuhara and T. Matsumoto and Hiroshi Matsuo and Shuji Matsuura and Thomas G. Mueller and Noriko Murakami and H. Nagata and Takao Nakagawa and Takashi Naoi and Masanao Narita and Manabu Noda and S. H. Oh and Akio Ohnishi and Youichi Ohyama and Yoko Okada and Haruyuki Okuda and S. J. Oliver and Takashi Onaka and Takafumi Ootsubo and Shinki Oyabu and Soojong Pak and Y. S. Park and Chris Pearson and Michael Rowan-Robinson and T. Saito and Itsuki Sakon and A. Salama and S. Sato and Richard S. Savage and Stephen Serjeant and Hiroshi Shibai and Mai Shirahata and Jong Joo Sohn and T. L. Suzuki and Toshinobu Takagi and H. Takahashi and T. Tanab{\'e} and Tsutomu T. Takeuchi and Satoshi Takita and Matthew Thomson and Kazunori Uemizu and Munetaka Ueno and Fumihiko Usui and Eva Verdugo and Takehiko Wada and L. Wang and Toyoki Watabe and Hidenori Watarai and Glenn J. White and Issei Yamamura and Chisato Yamauchi and Akiko Yasuda},
  journal={Publications of the Astronomical Society of Japan},
AKARI, the first Japanese satellite dedicated to infrared astronomy, was launched on 2006 February 21, and started observations in May of the same year. AKARI has a 68.5 cm cooled telescope, together with two focal-plane instruments, which survey the sky in six wavelength bands from mid- to far-infrared. The instruments also have a capability for imaging and spectroscopy in the wavelength range 2-180 mu m in the pointed observation mode, occasionally inserted into a continuous survey operation… 

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