The Infrared Space Observatory (ISO)

  • M. F. Kessler
  • L. Metcalfe
Conference paper
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 165)


The Infrared Space Observatory (ISO) will provide astronomers with unique facilities for making imaging, spectroscopic, photometric and Polarimetric observations at infrared wavelengths (2.5 – 200 µm) for a period of at least 18 months. Two-thirds of ISO’s observing time will be available to the astronomical community via the traditional route of submission of proposals. Its 60-cm diameter cryogenically-cooled telescope will be equipped with a suite of four complementary and versatile instruments, currently being developed by consortia of scientific institutes. ISO is a fully approved and funded project of the European Space Agency (ESA) with a foreseen launch date of May 1993.


European Space Agency Star Tracker Primary Mirror Infrared Space Observatory Entire Wavelength Range 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. F. Kessler
    • 1
  • L. Metcalfe
    • 1
  1. 1.Astrophysics DivisionSpace Science Department of ESANoordwijkThe Netherlands

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