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SINGS: The Spitzer Infrared Nearby Galaxies Survey

Rob Kennicutt (University of Arizona)

The Spitzer Infrared Nearby Galaxies Survey is a comprehensive multi-wavelength imaging and spectroscopic survey of 75 nearby galaxies. Its primary goal is to characterize the infrared emission of galaxies and their principle IR-emitting components, across the entire range of galaxy properties and star formation environments. SINGS will provide new insights into the physical processes connecting star formation to the ISM properties of galaxies, and provide a vital foundation for understanding infrared observations of the distant universe and ultraluminous and active galaxies. As with all SIRTF Legacy projects, the data will be completely non-proprietary, and the galaxy sample and observing strategy have been designed to maximize the scientific and archival value of the data set for the SIRTF user community at large. This talk will include a brief update on the Spitzer mission, a summary of the SINGS project, and highlights from our first observations.