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05.02.03

Spitzer in the Clean Room

The Spitzer Space Telescope after returning to the clean room in Cape Canaveral Florida on May 2, 2003. The first attempt to launch Spitzer was delayed due to the need for additional inspections of the rocket, which necessitated moving Spitzer off the rocket that had been scheduled to launch it to make way for a Mars mission, which had a more constrained launch window.