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Spitzer Science Center 

The Spitzer Space Telescope is the final mission in NASA's Great Observatories Program - a family of four space-based observatories, each observing the Universe in a different kind of light. The other missions in the program include the visible-light Hubble Space Telescope, Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory, and the Chandra X-Ray Observatory. Spitzer was launched on August 25, 2003. Spitzer is being used to study phenomena ranging from our Solar System to the distant reaches of the Universe, and represents an important scientific and technical cornerstone of NASA's Astronomical Search for Origins Program. The Spitzer Science Center (SSC) is located within IPAC at the California Institute of Technology. The SSC is responsible for science operations for the astronomical community including proposal planning, observation planning, observation scheduling, data processing, data archiving, data reduction support, public affairs and education and public outreach.

For more information about the Spitzer Science Center visit http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/

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Cygnus X Marks the Spot (Gallery Explorer)
  • Galaxies
  • High School
Over the last half century this Cygnus X has been yielding its secrets to the scrutiny of infrared observations. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has...
The Galactic Center Revisited (Hidden Universe)
  • Galaxies
  • High School
Hiding behind the constellations Sagittarius and Scorpius is the center of our own Milky Way galaxy, over 25,000 light years away. This patch of sky...
Big Bang: The Musical
  • Galaxies
  • High School
Did you know radiation from the Big Bang can be seen on any analogue television set? In this mini-musical, a young couple (Brigitte Dale, Marc Helou...
Astronomy Anemone (Veronica Belmont)
  • Galaxies
  • High School
Veronica Belmont co-hosts a space-themed talk show with Astronomy Anemone, a carnivorous man-eating sea polyp. WARNING: contains scenes of cartoon...
The North American Nebula (Hidden Universe Galaxy)
  • Galaxies
  • High School
Seen here in visible light, the North American Nebula strangely resembles its namesake continent. Expanding our view to include infrared light, the...
Robot Astronomy Talk Show: Destroyer of Worlds
  • Galaxies
  • High School
Robot IR-2 (Ed Wasser) meets The Physician (Wil Wheaton), an intergalactic buttinsky in a small blue box spaceship. Together, they work to escape "...
Behind the Scenes: Dead Stars (Sean Astin)
  • The Solar System
  • High School
Actor Sean Astin is hired by a bullying educational film Director and her Flunky #2 sidekick to explain about the life and death of stars. But when...
The Dragon and the Swan (Hidden Universe Gallery)
  • Galaxies
  • High School
Hidden behind a dark veil of dust in the constellation Sagittarius, a lurking dragon has been revealed by the infrared eye of NASA's Spitzer Space...
When Worlds Collide (Showcase)
  • Galaxies
  • High School
When worlds collide, the result is spectacular, and astronomers think they've detected the aftermath of such an event around another star.
Spaceship Spitzer: Bots of Both Worlds
  • The Solar System
  • High School
Amy Okuda ("The Guild") flies to Saturn to observe a new giant ring around the planet: the largest ring ever discovered in our Solar System, but one...