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March 5, 2009
The Spectral and Photometric Imaging Receiver (SPIRE) comprises a three-band imaging photometer and an imaging Fourier transform spectrometer. The instrument will be used to undertake large area deep sky photometric imaging surveys and allow follow-up spectroscopic observations of selected sources.

These observations will help tackle two of the most fundamental questions in astronomy: how and when did galaxies form and how do stars form?

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