This infrared image of Ned Wright, WISE principal investigator at UCLA, shows heat, with warm objects appearing brighter than cool ones. Ned's eye sockets are the hottest and brightest, while his clothes are cooler and look dark. NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, will measure infrared light from asteroids, stars, galaxies and more.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., manages the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. The mission's principal investigator, Edward Wright, is at UCLA. The mission was competitively selected under NASA's Explorers Program managed by the Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. The science instrument was built by the Space Dynamics Laboratory, Logan, Utah, and the spacecraft was built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Boulder, Colo. Science operations and data processing take place at the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. Caltech manages JPL for NASA.
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