Spitzer to Release 200 Infrared Galactic Portraits
The datasets' release dates will be spread throughout 2012
According to officials at NASA, the science team operating the agency's Spitzer Space Telescope will be releasing more than 200 images of various galaxies throughout the year, all of them showing the structures in the infrared portion of the electromagnetic spectrum.The telescope is managed by the Spitzer Science Center at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). It launched on August 25, 2003, from the CCAFS, in Florida, and was supposed to fly for only 2.5 to 5 years. Currently, it is nearing its ninth year in Earth's orbit.
During this time, the $800-million observatory collected a wealth of data on galaxies, nebulae, gas and dust clouds, massive stars, and so on. All of these information contributed to allowing us a deeper understanding of our place in the grand scheme of things.
“Now anyone with Internet access can download these extraordinary pictures for themselves and take a look at some of the objects being studied by the world's leading astronomers, as part of their effort to better understand the universe we live in, “Jodrell Bank Center for Astrophysics astronomer George Bendo says, quoted by Space.