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Lessons Learned in Extended-Extended Spitzer Space Telescope Operations

Show simple item record Storrie-Lombardi, Lisa J. Kahr, Bolinda E. Hunt, Joseph C. Carey, Sean Bennett, Carson Lee Silbermann, Nancy Scire, Elena Mahoney, William A. Lowrance, Patrick 2020-05-26T15:17:48Z 2020-05-26T15:17:48Z 2018-06-12
dc.identifier.citation SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation, Austin, Texas, June 12 - 14, 2018 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 18-4043
dc.description.abstract The Spitzer Space Telescope is executing the ninth year of extended operations beyond its 5.5-year prime mission. The project anticipated a maximum extended mission of about four years when the first mission extension was proposed. The robustness of the observatory hardware and the creativity of the project engineers and scientists in overcoming hurdles to operations has enabled a substantially longer mission lifetime. This has led to more challenges with an aging groundsystem due to resource reductions and decisions made early in the extended mission based on a shorter planned lifetime. We provide an overview of the extended mission phases, challenges met in maintaining and enhancing the science productivity, and what we would have done differently if the extended mission was planned from the start to be nearly twice as long as the prime mission. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Pasadena, CA: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2018 en_US
dc.subject Spitzer Space Telescope en_US
dc.subject operations en_US
dc.subject extended mission en_US
dc.subject space telescopes en_US
dc.title Lessons Learned in Extended-Extended Spitzer Space Telescope Operations en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US

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