Nov. 19 & 20, 2008 – The spacecraft passed the System Integration Review at Ball Aeropsace,
so we can proceed to assemble and test the flight system.
Nov. 17, 2008 – The WISE team completed an end-to-end test of the data system, sending data from the
instrument through the spacecraft, transmitting to the
geosynchronous Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS),
back from TDRSS to the ground station in White Sands, New Mexico,
and over the internet to the WISE Science Data Center at the Infrared
Processing and Analysis Center in Pasadena.
Nov. 12, 2008 – Deputy Project Scientist Amy Mainzer has posted a story on the JPL Blog about Sizing Up Near-Earth Asteroids: http://blogs.jpl.nasa.gov/?p=19
July 22, 2008 – Deputy Project Scientist Amy Mainzer has posted a story on the JPL Blog about the building of WISE: http://blogs.jpl.nasa.gov/?p=5
2008 - WISE Deputy Project Scientist Amy Mainzer is featured in several episodes of Season 2 and the upcoming Season 3 of “The Universe” on the History Channel. Season 2 episodes: Constellations, Cosmic Collisions, and Biggest Things in Space (WISE is mentioned in this episode). Season 3 episodes so far: The Strangest Things in Space, and Asteroids and Comets.
January 31, 2008 - 50th Anniversary of Explorer 1
Today is the 50th anniversary of the launch of America’s first satellite, Explorer 1. Explorer 1 was designed and built at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Following the establishment of NASA an Explorer program was developed to provide frequent flight opportunities for scientific investigations from space and has had over 70 successful missions. WISE is one of the latest in the Explorer line, a Medium Class Explorer (MIDEX), which is managed by JPL.
Learn more about Explorer 1 at
January 25, 2008 - 25th Anniversary of IRAS
Today marks the 25th anniversary from the launch of IRAS (January 25, 1983). The Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS) is WISE's predecessor, successfully conducting a ten month all-sky survey. For more information about the IRAS mission, visit NASA's IRAS page.