Spitzer Space Telescope

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Spitzer Space Telescope
Spitzer space telescope.jpg
Airtist renderin o the Spitzer Space Telescope
NamesSpace Infrared Telescope Facility
Mission teepInfrared telescope
OperatorNASA / JPL / Caltech
COSPAR ID2003-038A
SATCAT no.27871
Wabsteixhttp://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/
Mission durationPlanned: 2.5 to 5+ years[1]
Primary: 5 years, 8 months and 20 days
Elapsed: 16 years, 2 months and 29 days
Spacecraft properties
ManufacturerLockheed
Ball Aerospace
Launch mass950 kg (2,094 lb)[1]
Dry mass884 kg (1,949 lb)
Peylaid mass851.5 kg (1,877 lb)[1]
Stairt o mission
Launch date25 August 2003 05:35:00 (2003-08-25UTC05:35Z) UTC[2]
RocketDelta II 7920H[2]
Launch steidCape Canaveral SLC-17B
Entered service18 December 2003
Orbital parameters
Reference seestemHeliocentric[1]
RegimeYird-trailin[1]
Eccentricity0.02[2]
Perihelion0.98 AU[2]
Aphelion1.02 AU[2]
Inclination[2]
Period363 days[2]
Epoch25 August 2003 04:35:00
Main telescope
TeepRitchey–Chrétien[3]
Diameter0.85 m (2.8 ft)[1]
Focal lenth10.2 m (33 ft)
Wavelenths3.6 tae 160 microns[4]
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The Spitzer Space Telescope (SST), umwhile the Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF), is an infrareid space observatory launched in 2003. It is the fowert an final o the NASA Great Observatories programme.

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "About Spitzer: Fast Facts". Caltech. 2008. Archived frae the oreeginal on 2 February 2007. Retrieved 22 April 2007. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 "Spitzer Space Telescope: Launch/Orbital Information". National Space Science Data Center. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  3. "About Spitzer: Spitzer's Telescope". Caltech. Archived frae the oreeginal on 24 February 2007. Retrieved 22 April 2007. 
  4. Van Dyk, Schuyler; Werner, Michael; Silbermann, Nancy (March 2013) [2010]. "3.2: Observatory Description". Spitzer Telescope Handbook. Infrared Science Archive. Retrieved 18 October 2015.