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  • USRA Selects Mission Director
Apr 2009
In Columbia, Md., the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) has appointed Erick Young as the science mission operations director for the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, a modified Boeing 747SP aircraft fitted with a 2.5-m infrared telescope. Currently a member of the science oversight committee for the Wide Field Camera 3, slated for installation on the Hubble Space Telescope, he was also responsible for the development of the Spitzer Space Telescope Multiband Imaging Photometer detector array.

The scientific observation of celestial radiation that has reached the vicinity of Earth, and the interpretation of these observations to determine the characteristics of the extraterrestrial bodies and phenomena that have emitted the radiation.
infrared telescope
A telescope that transmits, enlarges and converts infrared images.
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