Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer

Overview: The NEOWISE project is the asteroid-hunting portion of the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission. Funded by NASA's Planetary Science Division, NEOWISE harvests measurements of asteroids and comets from the WISE images and provides a rich archive for searching WISE data for solar system objects. During its primary mission which ended in 2011, NEOWISE delivered large and rich infrared datasets of minor planets, including more than 34,000 new discoveries. NEOWISE data have also enabled the discovery of the first known Earth Trojan asteroid. NEOWISE observations resumed in December 2013 and continue to date.

IPAC is responsible for ingestion and processing of raw data, production of final data products, and archiving mission science and engineering data. IPAC is also responsible for the distribution of WISE data to the community through NASA/IPAC Infrared Science Archive (IRSA). The IPAC Communications & Education team also supports public affairs and public outreach by preparing mission images for public release into the image gallery.