The Spitzer Space Telescope mission

  title={The Spitzer Space Telescope mission},
  author={M. Werner and T. Roellig and F. Low and G. Rieke and M. Rieke and W. Hoffmann and E. Young and J. Houck and B. Brandl and G. Fazio and J. Hora and R. Gehrz and G. Helou and B. Soifer and J. Stauffer and J. Keene and P. Eisenhardt and D. Gallagher and T. Gautier and W. Irace and C. Lawrence and L. Simmons and J. E. Cleve and M. Jura and E. Wright and D. Cruikshank},
  journal={Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series},
The Spitzer Space Telescope, NASA's Great Observatory for infrared astronomy, was launched 2003 August 25 and is returning excellent scientific data from its Earth-trailing solar orbit. Spitzer combines the intrinsic sensitivity achievable with a cryogenic telescope in space with the great imaging and spectroscopic power of modern detector arrays to provide the user community with huge gains in capability for exploration of the cosmos in the infrared. The observatory systems are largely… Expand

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