Exploring the Living Cosmos: The Spitzer Space Telescope
When: April 26, 2004 11AM PDT
The Spitzer Space Telescope, the last of NASA’s Great Observatories, was
launched successfully into a heliocentric Earth-trailing orbit in August
2003. After 3 months of in-orbit checkout, this mid-infrared astronomical
telescope is now collecting images and spectra at unprecedented
sensitivities across the 3.6-160µm wavelength range. Like its sister
facility, the Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer is open for use by the
scientific community, and has many exciting potential applications for
astrobiology. This presentation will provide an overview of the spacecraft
capabilities and instrumentation, and will highlight new results to date,
describe ongoing work, and explore Spitzer’s potential as a powerful new
tool for astrobiology.
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