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The IRTF is a 3.0 meter telescope, optimized for infrared observations,
and located at the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawai`i. The observatory
is operated and managed for NASA by the University of Hawai`i Institute
for Astronomy, located in Honolulu. NASA provides the costs of operation
and NSF provides funding for new focal plane instrumentation through
the peer review process. Observing time is open to the entire astronomical
community, and 50% of the IRTF observing time is reserved for studies
of solar system objects.
For more information visit NASA Infrared Telescope Facility website.
Pictures above all courtesy of Dr. Fred Espenak, Science Photo Library