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Published April 1984 | Published
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Preliminary Scientific Results From The First Six Months Of The Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS)


The Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS)* was successfully launched on January 25, 1983. This paper presents results based on analysis of early scientific data returned from IRAS. Among the early results of IRAS are the discovery of comet IRAS-Araki-Alcock, evidence for a shell of large particles around the nearby bright star Vega, detection of stars in the process of formation, and detection of many infrared bright galaxies. These early results demonstrate that the IRAS data will be a treasure chest for astronomers for years to come.

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© 1984 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers. Invited Paper IR-105 received Sept. 12, 1983; revised manuscript Oct. 7, 1983; accepted for publication Dec. 6, 1983; received by Managing Editor Dec. 2, 1983. This paper is a revision of Paper 430-43 which was presented at the SPIE conference on Infrared Technology IX, Aug. 23-25, 1983, San Diego, CA. The paper there appears (unrefereed) in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 430. The Infrared Astronomical Satellite was developed and operated by the Netherlands Agency for Aerospace Programs (NIVR), the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space administration (NASA), and the U. K. Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC). It is truly a pleasure to thank our many colleagues in the IRAS project who have worked so diligently to make this mission the successful project that it is. We are grateful to our colleagues on the IRAS science team for allowing us to share the results of their labors.

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