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The Spitzer Space Telescope mission

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dc.contributor.author Werner, M. W.
dc.date.accessioned 2008-07-31T22:58:15Z
dc.date.available 2008-07-31T22:58:15Z
dc.date.issued 2005-04
dc.identifier.citation Advances in Space Research 36 (2005) 1048–1049, doi:10.1016/j.asr.2005.04.012 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 04-1682
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2014/40895
dc.description.abstract The Spitzer Space Telescope, NASA's Great Observatory for infrared astronomy, was launched 2003 August 25 and is returning excellent scientific data from its Earth-trailing solar orbit. Spitzer combines the intrinsic sensitivity achievable with a cryogenic telescope in space with the great imaging and spectroscopic power of modern detector arrays to provide the user community with huge gains in capability for exploration of the cosmos in the infrared. The observatory systems are largely performing as expected, and the projected cryogenic lifetime is about five years. Spitzer is thus both a scientific and a technical precursor to the infrared astronomy missions of the future. This very brief paper refers interested readers to several sets of recent publications which describe both the scientific and the technical features of Spitzer in detail. Note that, until 2003 December, Spitzer was known as the Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF). en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Elsevier Ltd en_US
dc.subject infrared en_US
dc.subject space astronomy en_US
dc.subject Spitzer space telescope en_US
dc.title The Spitzer Space Telescope mission en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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