Historian: NASA just granted Spitzer a two-and-a-half-year mission extension. Which gives us a good opportunity to organize some key Spitzer links.
Physicist: The "NASA missions Spitzer "Beyond" page" link below and the "Science at NASA missions Spitzer page" link below give nice short stories of the Spitzer odyssey. The image above and quotation below are from the science at NASA page:
- First to detect light coming from a planet outside our solar system.
- Generating a complete census of forming stars in nearby clouds.
- Making a new and improved map of the Milky Way's spiral-arm structure.
- Determining that the Milky Way galaxy has a more substantial bar structure across its core than previously recognized.
- Discovering the largest ring around Saturn.
- Collaborating with the Hubble Space Telescope to discover that the most distant galaxies known are more massive and mature than expected.
- Discovering carbon molecules, known as "buckyballs" in space for the first time.
- Generated the largest, most detailed infra-red portrait of the Milky Way (with >800,000 snapshots stitched together)
Historian: Spitzer is another good example of extraordinary advances in skills sets and in ways of working of teams of teams which could be good examples and tools for work here on Earth.
Physicist: How about a program where guest scientists (from life sciences, for example) work with NASA teams for a while and NASA scientists work with those guest scientists home teams for the while?
NASA missions Spitzer site [link]
NASA missions Spitzer "Beyond" page [link]
Science at NASA missions Spitzer page [link]
Spitzer JPL site [link]
Spitzer beyond video [link]