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Initially scheduled for a minimum 2.5-year primary mission, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has gone far beyond its expected lifetime and is still going strong after 15 years.

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14 Years and 11 Months in Space... One More Month to Go Before #Spitzer15

07.31.18 Posted by Marja Seidel

In less than one month, NASA’s Spitzer Space telescope will be exactly half my age and given how much time went into its planning, preparation and construction, we could probably be twins. But while I've spent all of my 30 years on Earth, Spitzer has spent 15 of those orbiting our Sun in space, looking out into the depths of the Universe.

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