NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, which launched Aug. 25, 2003, will begin an extended mission — the “Beyond” phase — on Oct. 1, 2016.
This mission was designed to last at least 2.5 years. Thirteen years later, Spitzer has operated far beyond the scope of the original mission.
Spitzer’s infrared vision has revealed the Universe in new ways, from mapping extrasolar planet temperatures, to discovering a ring around Saturn hundreds of times larger than any previously known.
Spitzer has also discovered tiny buckyball molecules in space, and produced a 360-degree infrared panorama of the Milky Way.
For more information about the Spitzer Space Telescope, visit http://www.nasa.gov/spitzer(c)2016 NASA-JPL-Caltech | SCVTV