After quite 16 years studying the universe in infrared , revealing new wonders in our system , our galaxy, and beyond, NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope’s mission has come to an end.
Mission engineers confirmed at 2:30 p.m. PST (5:30 p.m. EST) Thursday the spacecraft was placed in safe mode, ceasing all science operations. After the decommissioning was confirmed, Spitzer Project Manager Joseph Hunt declared the mission had officially ended.
Launched in 2003, Spitzer was one among NASA’s four Great Observatories, along side the Hubble Space Telescope, the Chandra X-ray Observatory and therefore the Compton gamma radiation Observatory. the good Observatories program demonstrated the facility of using different wavelengths of sunshine to make a fuller picture of the universe.
“Spitzer has taught us about entirely new aspects of the cosmos and brought us many steps further in understanding how the universe works, addressing questions on our origins, and whether or not are we alone,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. “This Great Observatory has also identified some important and new questions and tantalizing objects for further study, mapping a path for future investigations to follow. Its immense impact on science certainly will last well beyond the top of its mission.”
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