Science & Data Center for Astrophysics & Planetary Sciences

Our Mission

IPAC at Caltech partners with NASA, NSF, JPL and the world-wide research community to advance exploration of our Universe. Beginning with the IRAS mission in 1985 and spanning through Herschel, Spitzer, WISE/NEOWISE and Euclid in recent years, we have enabled transformative research of the entire sky. We provide science operations, user support, data services, and scientific vision to maximize discovery with observatories both in space and on the ground. Next up, Roman, SPHEREx, NEO Surveyor, Lunar Trailblazer, and UVEX are all preparing to launch in the year and years ahead ! We share these advances and discoveries with everyone through education outreach programs and award-winning media. Our community of active researchers is dedicated and essential to fulfilling this mission.

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Featured Staff


Flo Langilotti
Facilities Coordinator / NExScI Operations Lead

Featured Staff • December 15th, 2023

While IPACers still miss Jack Lampley who took care of IPAC facilities for the past decade, Jack transferred his knowledge and skills on IPAC facilities to Flo Langilotti before retiring. IPAC...

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Andreas Faisst
Assistant Research Scientist

Featured Scientist • July 3rd, 2024

In this profile, we feature Andreas Faisst, an early-career assistant research scientist at IPAC, who works on NASA’s SPHEREx, the NASA/IPAC Infrared Science Archive (IRSA), and his own active...

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