Mauna Kea Observatory - NASA IRTF Photo Gallery

©2011 by Fred Espenak. All rights reserved.


The NASA Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF) is an astronomical observatory located near the 4205m (13,800ft) summit of Mauna Kea, an extinct volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii. It features a 3-meter (9.8 ft) telescope optimized for observations in infrared. The IRTF is operated by the University of Hawaii under a cooperative agreement with NASA. A minimum of 50% of IRTF observing time is devoted to planetary science.

I've had the opportunity to use the IRTF on numerous occasions with my colleagues from Goddard Space Flight Center and our Infrared Heterodyne Spectrometer. Our spectroscopic research projects include measuring winds on Venus, mapping ozone on Mars, and studying hydrocarbons in the atmospheres of Jupiter, Saturn and Titan. We observed the atmospheric aftermath of Comet Shoemaker-Levy's impact with Jupiter, and have provided ground based observations of the planets in support of NASA missions.

For additional information on the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility, see the official IRTF web site.

The following photo gallery presents a collection of images of the NASA IRTF.


Click on each thumbnail to see a larger image.




NASA Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF) - 3.0 Meters

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NASA IRTF
Observatory

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NASA IRTF, the Moon &
Shadow of Mauna Kea

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Observer &
NASA IRTF Telescope

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Vista from
NASA IRTF

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NASA IRTF Telescope
& Open Dome

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Observing with
NASA IRTF

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NASA IRTF
Observing at Night

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NASA IRTF Sign
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NASA IRTF
Telescope at Night

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NASA IRTF
Telescope & Astronomer

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NASA IRTF on a
Snowy Morning

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Fisheye View Inside
NASA IRTF

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NASA IRTF
3-Meter Telescope

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Night in the Dome
NASA IRTF

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NASA IRTF &
Volcanic Landscape

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Star Trails Over
NASA IRTF

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Enormous Telescope
NASA IRTF

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Night Visitors
at NASA IRTF

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3-Meter Mirror
of NASA IRTF

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NASA IRTF
& Star Trails

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Equatorial Mount
of NASA IRTF

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Orion Rising
From NASA IRTF

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NASA IRTF
Searching the Heavens

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NASA IRTF & CFHT
With Star Trails

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NASA IRTF
Peering Into Space

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Goddard Infrared Heterodyne Spectrometer at the IRTF

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Goddard's IR
Heterodyne Spectrometer

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Heterodyne Spectrometer
& Optical Bench

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Heterodyne
Spectrometer
Infrared Detector

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GSFC Infrared
Heterodyne Spectrometer
in IRTF Code Room

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CO2 Infrared Laser
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Kostiuk, Espenak
& Goldstein at IRTF

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Espenak, Kostiuk,
Hewagama & Livengood
on Mauna Kea

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