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After more than 16 years of operation of the infrared space telescope Spitzer has forever completed his mission, according to NASA.
“On Thursday [30 January] the spacecraft was transferred to a safe mode, suspending all science operations. After confirmation of the decommissioning project Manager Spitzer Joseph hunt said that the mission is officially completed,” — said in a press release from the Agency.
In March 2015, NASA reported the detection by the space telescopes Hubble and Spitzer one of the oldest and brightest galaxies, which were observed by astronomers in the early Universe.
Launched in August 2003, together with Spitzer space telescopes Hubble, Compton and Chandra was the largest Observatory in the Great Observatories program.
One of the largest of the Spitzer results is the detection of exoplanetary systems around TRAPPIST-1 containing the largest number of supertall ever discovered around a single star.
The Spitzer mission should continue the James Webb telescope, scheduled for launch in March 2021.
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