NASA to Retire the Spitzer Telescope

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After Sixteen Years of Faithful Service, NASA’s Ready to Buy Its Spitzer Telescope a Watch and a Cake.

For those of you youngins that don’t get the watch and cake reference, once upon a time, people would work at the same company for twenty years or more. Then they’d get to retire. The traditional gift on such an occasion was a watch. I’m not sure if companies still do that or not… I don’t really work for The Man as it were. Anyway, retirement is on the horizon for NASA’s Spitzer Telescope after a sixteen-year run.

Here’s a Tribute to Some of Spitzer’s Best Work:

Spitzer uses the infrared spectrum to detect cosmic radiation and help astronomers study all manner of cosmological objects. In fact, it was one of the first instruments used to help detect exoplanets. Exoplanets are an especially hot topic in astronomy at the moment. That’s because astronomers are finding them all over the place. And many of these exoplanets are in the so-called “Goldilocks” or habitable zones of their stars. That data helps to shore up the case for the probability of life existing elsewhere in the universe.

NASA held a live event celebrating the telescope on Wednesday. Next Thursday, January Thursday, the Spitzer telescope will officially cease operations. Even if one of NASA’s great space telescopes is nearing the end of its life cycle, NASA has newer and even more advanced telescope missions waiting to launch in the near future. The legacy of the Spitzer telescope will live on through its successors. 

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Brandon Humphreys

Brandon Humphreys

I'm a wizard. I write stuff and it goes from my head into yours - Magic! Apart from that, I am the Senior Editor for Space Porn, a veteran, a rock guitarist, and a teacher.

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