NASA Published the Latest Image Captured by the Spitzer Space Telescope


The Spitzer Space Telescope, which NASA sent to space in 2003 to observe the universe, retired on January 30. NASA shared the last image captured by retired Spitzer.

NASA had planned the Spitzer Space Telescope, which began operating in 2003, to serve for 5 years. His mission has been extended several times on the space telescope to provide efficient data. After all, Spitzer has observed the universe for 16 years. After 16 years, the space telescope retired last January.

The last image captured by the Spitzer satellite, retired by NASA on January 30, is now shared by NASA. The image of the last mass of gas and dust captured by Spitzer shows the California Nebula, approximately 1000 light-years from Earth.

The last image captured by Spitzer
Regarding the last image captured by Spitzer, the details of the image were transferred one by one from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. In the published statement, “Apparent light comes from the gas heated by a nearby big star known as Xi Persei or Menkib in the nebula”

The image captured by Spitzer’s infrared camera also reveals a different feature of hot powder. Dust is visible from nearby stars and absorbs ultraviolet light and re-emits the energy it absorbs as light.

Spitzer’s incredibly long mission was terminated due to his distance from Earth. Moving in the orbit of the Sun like the Earth, the satellite slowly moved away from the Earth because it did not move around the Sun as fast as the Earth.

The antennas used for Spitzer’s communication with the Earth began to be adjusted to point to Earth as the space telescope moved away from Earth. Adjusting the antennas in this way caused the space telescope’s solar panels to be unable to receive the Sunlight. As the space telescope continues to move away from Earth, the adjustment of the antennas has become more dramatic. Eventually, NASA determined that the arrangements would not be enough and ended Spitzer’s mission. Thanks to the latest arrangement, Spitzer was able to communicate with the Earth for 2.5 hours.


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