Spitzer Space Telescope
The Spitzer Telescope carries three instruments in an Earth-trailing, heliocentric orbit on a mission that is estimated to last 2.5 to 5+ years, depending on how long the spacecraft's supply of liquid helium, used to keep the imaging systems close to absolute zero, lasts. These instruments include: a far-infrared camera (known as the Multiband Imaging Photometer, or MIPS) from the University of Arizona that will be able to detect planetary debris systems around sun-like stars, the Infrared Array Camera from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and the Infrared Spectrograph from Cornell.
Archived newsNASA's Spitzer marks beginning of a new age of planetary science (Mar 23, 2005)
External siteSpitzer Space Telescope (NASA)
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