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Spitzer Space Telescope

(SST, Spitzer, Space Infrared Telescope Facility, SIRTF)
(past a satellite with infrared telescope)

The Spitzer Space Telescope (SST, or Space Infrared Telescope Facility, SIRTF) was an infrared-observatory satellite launched 2003 and operated through January 2020. Most instruments failed in 2009 when the liquid helium supply ran out, but the camera, IRAC still can image in some of its bands, so it continued to be used as the Spitzer Warm Mission into 2020. It has a heliocentric orbit, trailing Earth's orbit by about 0.1 astronomical unit, and it currently remains in this orbit. It was named for scientist Lyman Spitzer. Instruments:

Some surveys:


(telescope,infrared,spacecraft,NASA,past)
Further reading:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spitzer_Space_Telescope
http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/spitzer/main/
PrefixExample  
GLIMPSEGLIMPSE C01GLIMPSE survey
SSTSST24 J1434110+331733 
SWIRESWIRE J022550.67-042142SWIRE survey

Referenced by pages:
AEGIS
GOODS
NASA
rare designator prefixes
Ritchey-Chrétien telescope (RCT)
SAGE
Spitzer Extended Deep Survey (SEDS)
Spitzer Extragalactic Representative Volume Survey (SERVS)
Spitzer HETDEX Exploratory Large Area Survey (SHELA)
SPIRITS
transient astronomy
Ultimate Spitzer Phase Curve Survey (USPCS)

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