Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Spitzer says goodbye

The Spitzer Space Telescope has far surpassed expectations, so saying goodbye is even more bittersweet; with another 5 years who knows what images it might yield.
Unfortunately its supply of helium, used to cool the delicate imaging sensors, will be gone in a month.

It's NASA mission has been a string successes. From white dwarfs to galaxies Spitzer has shed light on the darkest regions of space.

The California Institute of Technology scientists who built it should be very proud.

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