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Paper: Infrared studies of galaxies from space
Volume: 73, Airborne Astronomy Symposium on the Galactic Ecosystem: From Gas to Stars to Dust
Page: 169
Authors: Werner, Michael W.; Eisenhardt, P. R. M.
Abstract: The Kuiper Airborne Observatory has been a powerful instrument for the study of nearby galaxies, and SOFIA could probe still further into the local Universe. However, a comprehensive program of extragalactic exploration in the infrared - and in particular a study of galaxies at cosmological redshifts - requires the high sensitivity and complete wavelength coverage which is achievable only with a cryogenic telescope in space. This program was begun by IRAS and will be continued by the upcoming ISO (Infrared Space Observatory), WIRE (Wide field Infrared Explorer) and SIRTF (Space Infrared Telescope Facility) missions. This paper previews a set of extragalactic investigations which could be carried out by these missions.
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