NASA Shuts Down Spitzer Space Telescope After 16 Years



Spitzer space telescope, according to NASA will be decommissioned on January thirtieth of twenty twenty now that is due to the space telescope aging. And this is due to decreased functionality you see Spitzer. It has to rotate two point it's antenna towards the earth to transmit data back to us. And when it does this, it causes its solar panels to turn away from the sun in during. That time the space craft relies on internal solar power in a battery to operate. So every year, that Spitzer has been out there, it's there's solar panels have been tilting further and further away from the sun in scientists at NASA worried that continuing to operate Spitzer would deplete his energy source completely. And if this happens like in the middle of it experiment, they might not be able to retrieve the data that's already on Spitzer, so they need to basically save energy in order to shoot that data back to earth in Spitzer is amazing. Right. So Spitzer was only supposed to last five years in it. Lasted in additional eleven years, in during that time Spitzer gave us some of the most stunning images of Saturn's rings clusters of stars and. A small black hole from a nearby dwarf galaxy amongst a lot of other images. You can check them all out on NASA. It's all free to download free to check out. You can go to NASA dot gov in search for Spitzer or all the Spitzer news and all the everything that's happened with Spitzer throughout its time throughout at sixteen years exoplanets, galaxies everything Nobili stars solar systems. It's all there. Now Spitzer gave us some amazing data some amazing science, but it's going to be replaced by the James Webb space telescope, which is going to launch in twenty twenty one in the James Webb space telescope that J W. It's different than the Spitzer space telescope. It's going to be an L to a second Legrand's point. And it will orbit the sun, one point five million kilometers. It's about a million miles away from the earth

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