As stated in the statement by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Nearly, after 16 years of exploring the cosmos in infrared light, NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope will be turned off permanently on January 30, 2020. Beyond its prime mission, the spacecraft have worked for more than 11 years.
Spitzer’s mission manager Bolinda Kahr said, “There have been times when the Spitzer mission could have ended in a way we didn’t plan for”. He also said, “I’m glad that in January we’ll be able to retire the spacecraft deliberately, the way we want to do it.”
Spitzer is a small but transformational observatory. It was managed and operated by JPL. It apprehends infrared light that is often discharged by warm objects, that are not hot enough to radiate seeable light.
In the statement they said that it has spied stars in every stage of life, mapped our home galaxy, apprehend images of nebulas and examined newly found planets. In many instance, it’s exoplanet observations were combined with observations by other missions, which includes NASA’s Kepler and Hubble space telescopes.
In its final year and a half of operations, Spitzer’s include a number association of exoplanet investigations. It’s one programme will inquire into 15 dwarf stars probably to host exoplanets, as claimed by JPL. And in it’s extra 650 hours are committed to follow-up observations of planets found by NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, which was launched over a year ago.
Spitzer has assisted to set the stage for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, which set to launch in 2021. In the same wave-lengths, it will study the universe observed by Spitzer.