NOIRLab Legacy Imaging Program
The NOIRLab Legacy Imaging Program was originally started at the Gemini Observatory in 2002 as the Gemini Legacy Imaging program. In the NOIRLab era the Gemini and NOAO efforts were combined and renamed to the NOIRLab Legacy Imaging Program.
NOIRLab is a frontrunner in astronomy education and communication, partly due to a continuous production of evocative high-resolution astronomical pictures. The majority of the published pictures are based on data from our data archives in the Community Science & Data Center. However, since most astronomical discoveries are made with spectra, most of the data are not suitable for the purposes of making color images. The NOIRLab Legacy Imaging Program acquires data that are targeted for color images. This is a similar strategy to that adopted by the very successful Hubble Heritage project, which acquired spectacular high-quality outreach images from the Hubble Space Telescope from 1998 to 2016.