The Two Micron All Sky Survey is a joint project of the University of Massachusetts and the Infrared Analysis Processing and Analysis Center (JPL/Caltech). The University of Massachussetts is responsible for the overall management of the project, the observing facilities and the data acquisition. The Infrared Processing and Analysis Center is responsible for data processing, data distribution and data archiving.
Observing facilities at Mt. Hopkins and Cerro Tolo are operated by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) and the National Optical Atrononomy Observatories (NOAO) respectively.
2MASS is funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).
The 2MASS Point Source Catalog is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Robert M. Light (1959-1998).