The Spitzer Infrared Nearby Galaxies Survey (SINGS) is a comprehensive imaging and spectroscopic study of 75 nearby galaxies (D < 30 Mpc). When combined with coordinated observations at visible, near-infrared, ultraviolet, and radio wavelengths, the data will provide definitive insights into the physical processes connecting star formation to the ISM properties of galaxies, and a vital foundation of data, diagnostic tools, and astrophysical inputs for understanding the distant universe, ultraluminous galaxies, and the formation and evolution of galaxies.
SINGS is one of six approved Spitzer Space Telescope Legacy Science Projects . The Legacy Program was designed to maximize the scientific utility of the Spitzer Space Telescope by yielding an early and long-lasting scientific heritage.
The Spitzer Space Telescope is a space-borne, cryogenically-cooled infrared observatory. Spitzer Space Telescope was launched by a Delta rocket from the Kennedy Space Center on August 25, 2003.