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Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) is a NASA infrared-wavelength astronomical space telescope launched in December 2009, and placed in hibernation in February 2011 when its transmitter turned off. It has discovered the first Y Dwarf and Earth trojan asteroid, as well as tens of thousands of new asteroids.

WISE performed an all-sky astronomical survey with images in 3.4, 4.6, 12 and 22 μm wavelength range bands, over ten months using a 40 cm (16 in) diameter infrared telescope in Earth orbit. After its hydrogen coolant depleted, a four-month mission extension called NEOWISE was conducted to search for small solar system bodies close to Earth's orbit (e.g. hazardous comets and asteroids) using its remaining capability.

The All-Sky data including processed images, source catalogs and raw data, was released to the public on March 14, 2012. In August 2013, NASA announced it would reactivate the WISE telescope for a new three-year mission to search for asteroids that could collide with Earth.


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Brown Dwarfs, Galactic HotDOGS, Trojan Asteroids, Ultra-luminous Galaxies. These are not characters from a new space-fairing adventure movie, but actual objects in our universe seen with the new eyes of WISE.

As President of the USU Research Foundation (USURF) since May 2010, Dr. Lemon provides overall strategic guidance and leadership to the organization. The Foundation, home of the Space Dynamics Laboratory, has about 450 employees and conducts applied research, engineering development, and technology implementation for aerospace and defense customers. Dr. Lemon returned to USU in October of 2008 to serve as director of the Space Dynamics Laboratory and served in the capacity until November of 2009. Prior to returning to USU, he served as a scientist, program manager, division director and Director of Strategic Planning at the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
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