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- Spitzer operates in infrared light; with a mirror less than 1 meter in diameter, Spitzer in space is more sensitive than even a 10-meter-diameter telescope on Earth.
- Spitzer was the first spacecraft to fly in an Earth-trailing orbit.
- Spitzer wasn't designed to study exoplanets.
- Spitzer discovered Saturn's largest ring.
Experience an immersive universe of infrared light as you follow the mission of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope in VR. Spitzer is one of NASA's Great Observatories, and will be concluding its mission on January 30th 2020.
This immersive video will take you through Spitzer's 16+ year mission, showing you how Spitzer observes the universe and the kinds of limitations and challenges faced by all space-based observatories. You can explore the many science results of the Spitzer mission at: http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu
This experience was developed by the Communications and Education group at Caltech/IPAC. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the Spitzer Space Telescope mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate. Science operations are conducted at the Spitzer Science Center at Caltech/IPAC.
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