Spitzer Space Telescope to shut down by 2020

Spitzer Space Telescope to shut down by 2020

NASA is experiencing some major troubles due to the budget cuts by the government and due to these budget cuts, NASA has to, unfortunately, shut down some of their ongoing projects which are under running from a long time. The reason behind shutting down the projects is to execute the other projects which are scheduled such as the remission to the moon as per Trump’s order. NASA decided to put a stop on their ongoing telescope project which is known as Spitzer Space Telescope.

NASA has decided to end the project in January 2020 and due to these budget cuts, NASA is giving the contracts to other private space organizations. The Spitzer Space Telescope is meant to study other galaxies which are far in the deep space or let’s say that the galaxies are light years away. The plan was to keep the project running unless they launch the James Webb Space Telescope which is now launching in 2021 but due to the less budget and budget cuts in astrophysics division, NASA decided to end the Spitzer telescope early. Here are some major findings by Spitzer Telescope.

  • Discovered some of the oldest galaxies in the universe
  • Revealed a new ring around Saturn
  • Peered through shrouds of dust to study newborn stars and black hod
  • Discovered most distant supermassive black holes ever
  • Found evidence of several rocky collisions in distant solar systems
  • Detected one of the most remote planets ever discovered– located about 13,000 light-years away from Earth
  • Spotted small asteroids
  • Discovered planets beyond our solar system — including the detection of seven Earth-size planets orbiting the star TRAPPIST-1

Lisa Storrie-Lombardi, Spitzer’s project manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, “On January 30, 2020, NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope will transmit the final science and engineering data to mission control and then be commanded off, ending its amazing and surprising mission.” The scientists have decided to save all the data so that it can be used by the scientists who are going to work on the project in the coming future. Storrie-Lombardi also said,

“But even after Spitzer ceases transmissions, scientists will continue making discoveries from its 16 years of data for decades to come. Spitzer enables groundbreaking advances in our understanding of planetary systems around other stars, the evolution of galaxies in the nearby and distant universe, the structure of our Milky Way galaxy, the infinite variety in the lives of stars, and the constituents of our solar system.”

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