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Astronomical Search for Origins and Planetary Systems

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The following is collection of Astronomical Search for Origins and Planetary Systems related links.

Astronomical Search for Origins and Planetary Systems Forum

Astronomical Search for Origins (ASO) Forum
The ASO program works to decipher the events that produced the universe, and discover the way humans fit into this process. The site provides educator and scientist resources related to the ASO program.

Astronomical Search for Origins Program

Astronomical Search for Origins (ASO) Program
NASA's Space Science Enterprise's Astronomical Search for Origins Program web site describing the science, the missions, the organization, the education products, and updates.

Featured Astronomical Search for Origins and Planetary Systems Missions

Astronomical Search for Origins Forum Missions List
The questions being asked and the missions sent to get the answers.

Astronomical Search for Origins Program Missions List
ASO missions listing, including current and future missions.

SESPD: Astronomical Search for Origins and Planetary Systems
Space and Earth Science Program Directorate (SESPD) describes the missions IPAC, Keck, Planet Imager, SIRTF, SIM, StarLight, Terrestrial Planet Finder, and WFPC-2, and links to their appropriate Web sites.

Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF)
The final mission in NASA's great observatory program, SIRTF, was launched August 26, 2003. This telescope will alow us to look through the vast clouds of interstellar gas and dust to see into regions of star formation, the centers of galaxies, and into newly forming planetary systems.

Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA)
SOFIA is an airborne observatory that will study the universe in the infrared spectrum. SOFIA will be used to study star birth and death, formation of new solar systems, complex molecules in space, planets, comets and asteroids in our solar system.

Keck Interferometer
The Keck Interferometer is part of NASA's overall effort to find planets and ultimately life beyond our solar system. It combines the light from the twin Keck telescopes to measure the emission from dust orbiting nearby stars, directly detect the hottest gas giant planets, image disks around young stars and other objects of astrophysical interest, and survey hundreds of stars for the presence of planets the size of Uranus or larger.

Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer (LBTI)
The Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer (LBTI) will study the formation of solar systems and will be capable of directly detecting giant planets outside our solar system. Two 8-meter class telescopes on Mount Graham, Arizona, will be connected in an infrared interferometer and will provide high-resolution images of many faint objects over a wide field-of-view, with 10 times the Hubble resolution

Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE)
FUSE looks at the universe in the far ultraviolet portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. FUSE tries to answer the questions "What were the conditions like in the first few minutes after the Big Bang?" ,"How are the chemical elements dispersed throughout galaxies, and how does this affect the way galaxies evolve?", and "What are the properties of the interstellar gas clouds out of which stars and solar systems form?"

Online Information

Chandra X-Ray Observatory: Educational Materials
The observatory's resources on Chandra include background information, classroom activities, games and quizzes, and printable materials.

Infrared includes tutorials, activities, and links related to infrared astronomy.

Infrared Astronomy
Infrared Astronomy provides definitions and explanations of infrared astronomy, as well as information on its discovery.

Planet Quest: The Search for Another Earth
Planet Quest provides information on the search for life and extraterrestrial planets through news, technology, multimedia, educator resources, and reports on key origins missions.

Space Science Education Resource Directory
The Space Science Education Resource Directory is a convenient way to find NASA space science products for use in classrooms, science museums, planetariums, and other settings.

Image Galleries

PlanetQuest Mission
Multimedia resources from NASA's Planet Quest missions. Includes images, animations, videos, etc.

FUSE Photo Files
Includes images, animations, videos, etc.

Space Infrared Telescope Facility Web Galleries
Multimedia resources from SITF. Includes images, animations, videos, etc.

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