WISE

Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer

WISE

Overview

The Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mapped the entire sky in 2010 with 500 times more more sensitivity than previous infrared missions using its four-channel, super-cooled infrared telescope. Launched on December 14, 2009, the WISE mission will also help the James Webb Space Telescope identify which objects to observe when it launches later in the decade.

WISE observations have led to numerous discoveries, including the elusive, coolest class of stars, the first known "Trojan" asteroid to share the same orbital path around the sun as Earth, and locations of supermassive black holes throughout the universe called blazars.

Our Role

The WISE spacecraft is based on the versatile, space-proven Ball Aerospace BCP-300 spacecraft bus design.

WISE image

WISE captured this image of the immense Andromeda galaxy, also known as Messier 31 or simply M31

Under contract to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Ball Aerospace conducted the spacecraft design, build, and test; and conducted flight system testing and support operations.

This animation below, created by Ball Aerospace, shows a schematic of WISE’s orbit. WISE is placed in an orbit that takes it over the north and south poles of Earth and several hundred miles above the dividing line between day and night on Earth—called the terminator. As it circles Earth, WISE is oriented so as to keep its solar panels always facing the Sun.

Programs

CALIPSO

CloudSat

DSCOVR

EPOXI/Deep Impact

GEMS

GEO-TASO

GDPAA

GMI

Guardian

Green Propellant Infusion Mission

HiRISE

Hubble Space Telescope

James Webb Space Telescope

JPSS

F-35/Lightning II

K2/Kepler

Landsat 8

Mast-Mounted Sight

Mk 20 Camera

MOIRE

New Horizons/Ralph

OMPS

Orion

QuickBird

QuikSCAT

SAGE

SAM

SBSS

SBUV/2

Seasparrow

Sentinel

Spitzer

STORRM

STP-SIV

Suomi NPP

TEMPO

WISE

WorldView spacecraft series

WorldView-1

WorldView-2

WorldView-3