The Spitzer Space Telescope is one of NASA’s Great Observatories, designed to observe the universe in infrared light. It was launched in 2003 with an expected lifetime of 5 years. Spitzer has succeeded beyond our wildest expectations, now routinely observing transiting exoplanets and other interesting astronomical phenomena in its 15th year of operations. Dr. Sean Carey, Manager of the Spitzer Science Center, will discuss some of the novel engineering feats that have made the extended operation of Spitzer possible as well as some of the technical challenges that we are now facing. He will also present some recent science highlights including science that Spitzer was not designed to do such as the discovery and characterization of seven rocky, potentially habitable planets in the nearby TRAPPIST-1 system.
The JPL talk will be followed by a repeat performance at Caltech on August 10: https://www.ipac.caltech.edu/event/388
More information is available at: https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/events/lectures_archive.php?year=2018&month=8