On this day in 2003 - August 25th - NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope was launched.

Spitzer is an infrared telescope. Although it lost much of its capability in 2009 when the coolant ran out, one instrument is still functioning and providing valuable data. However NASA is ending the mission on January 30, 2020

Mona Evans
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