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12.02.19

Three Months of Checkout, A Lifetime of Memories

Spitzer was my job for seven years, and has been an important part of my research for much longer. I even met my wife... read blog post

10.23.19

Space Was Her Second Act: As Spitzer Takes Its Final Bow, Astronomer and Actress Aomawa Shields Thanks Spitzer For Her Big Break.

I am thinking of the Spitzer Space Telescope, and about the job I got as Helpdesk Operator in 2005. That job was mean... read blog post

09.18.19

Don’t Sneeze On Spitzer! Matthew Ashby remembers his first time meeting the telescope

Thinking back on it now, so close to the end of Spitzer's mission, it would be pretty hard to understate the impact i... read blog post

09.04.19

NASA’s Spitzer’s Space Telescope: Shaping Scientific Careers of Researchers and Future Space Telescopes

This year we celebrate the 15-year legacy of NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. I was happy to be asked to write about t... read blog post

08.03.19

The Adventure of a Lifetime

My Spitzer story starts in 1999 when I was working on my PhD at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore. I... read blog post

07.17.19

Seeing Spitzer

I have no direct proof that Spitzer exists. I joined Spitzer relatively late, in 2007, four years after launch. I hav... read blog post

06.26.19

Spitzer: More than a space telescope. It is part of my family and a piece of who I am.

We often think about Spitzer as being a 16-year-old. That is the time it has been operating after its launch on a Del... read blog post

06.12.19

Two Decades of 'Growing Up' with Spitzer

As Spitzer is on its "Final Voyage", training its infrared eye on the sky for the final nine months of its mission, I... read blog post

05.29.19

Long Live Spitzer!

As a graduate student at the turn of the millennium, I will never forget a particular moment that caused my whole bei... read blog post

05.14.19

Spitzer's Final Voyage

On January 30, 2020, NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope will transmit the final science and engineering data to mission c... read blog post

07.31.18

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

In less than one month, NASA’s Spitzer Space telescope will be exactly half my age and given how much time went into ... read blog post

07.17.17

Join #AskSpitzer campaign for the 14th anniversary celebration!

August 25 marks 14 years since NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope was launched into space from Cape Canaveral in Florida.... read blog post

05.10.17

Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 14th, and we are celebrating moms who are scientists on social media! read blog post

05.05.17

5000 days of Travel

May 3rd, 2017 marked the 5,000th day of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope mission. Happy 5000th day, Spitzer! We receive... read blog post

03.10.17

Make your own TRAPPIST-1 Music

We want your contribution. Take the transit notes and add your own music to them. Whether it’s classical, jazz, world... read blog post

02.22.17

Making Music from Exoplanets

I am one of the artists that develops education & public outreach multimedia for NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. When... read blog post

08.28.15

Are Giants Messy Eaters?

When stars eat planets, are they messy eaters? Do they leave any crumbs? Our upcoming refereed journal article descri... read blog post

04.20.15

Next-Generation Scientists: Creating Opportunities for High School Students Through Astronomical Research

What started as an exciting opportunity to get a glimpse into the world of astronomical research became a part of our... read blog post

03.24.15

NASA & Spitzer @ SXSW

Where do you go to reach thousands of people from all walks of life who would love to find out more about what NASA i... read blog post

06.30.14

AAS 2014 - My Time in the NITARP Program Comes to an End...

If you've been following my blog, you know I was lucky enough to be part of the NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Pr... read blog post

04.02.14

Become a Photojournalist of the Milky Way!

Over the years, NASA has released a lot of beautiful space images. Sometimes they're even given cute names based on w... read blog post

03.20.14

Remembrance of Things Past

There are many things I remember from late 2003 and early 2004. I remember on December 25, 2003 I was in my office a... read blog post

01.07.14

Discovering Our Universe from the Classroom

How many high school teachers and kids can say that they have presented their astronomy research alongside profession... read blog post

11.13.13

From IRAS to Spitzer and Beyond: 30 years of Space-Based Infrared Astronomy

This talk on "From IRAS to Spitzer and Beyond: 30 Years of Space-Based Infrared Astronomy" was given as part of the p... read blog post

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08.22.13

Not a Politician; Not a Carbonated Beverage

Most blog readers are no doubt familiar with the world of space telescopes. But have you ever gone to your friends an... read blog post

08.08.13

NITARP - Summer 2013

I can't believe that my NITARP summer trip is done, but it was SO much fun. I'm exhausted, but I don't think I've eve... read blog post

06.26.13

NITARP updates!

If you keep up with my blog, you know that one of my projects this year is NITARP, the NASA/IPAC teacher archive rese... read blog post

06.18.13

Bringing Astronomy to Kids in Crisis

Here at Spitzer, we’ve just spent a fabulous 8 weeks working with Learning Works, a local school for youth in crisis,... read blog post

03.18.13

Our Proposal is Written, Now the Research Begins!

I've come to the realization (for the second school year in a row) that blogging during the school year is near impos... read blog post

01.16.13

My Visit to AAS with NITARP

I very excitedly registered for the AAS meeting, booked a hotel and worked with the JPL staff to book my flights. I s... read blog post

10.15.12

NITARP 2013 Class of Educators

Today, we are announcing the class of 2013 NITARP educators. We partner professional scientists with (primarily) high... read blog post

08.24.12

Happy 9th Birthday, Spitzer!

Tonight at 10:35 PM PDT NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope turns nine... measured from the moment it lifted from the laun... read blog post

08.15.12

NITARP for 2013 - Come Play With Us!

NITARP has a new 3-minute video! read blog post

06.05.12

There's a Little Black Spot on the Sun Today!

Right now people at the Spitzer Space Telescope are taking a break from the usual day of astronomy to witness a fleet... read blog post

05.29.12

The Case of the Missing Planet

Sometimes not seeing something can be as scientifically important a result as seeing it. Consider the case of the exo... read blog post

03.09.12

History of Space Photography Exhibit in Pasadena

Photography has, since its inception, been a staple of the art world. But the artistic significance of astronomical i... read blog post

01.18.12

The Art Behind the Astro Pictures: Lecture Online

If you've ever been curious how one goes from datasets taken by Spitzer and other telescopes to the colorful imagery ... read blog post

12.19.11

Telescopes on Land and in Space Work Together for the Holidays!

Sometimes you get a project so big that one telescope just isn't enough. December is the month that a small army of t... read blog post

11.11.11

11-11-11: At 3000 and Counting!

On this binary day of 11/11/11, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has reached another numerical milepost, it's 3,000th d... read blog post

10.31.11

NITARP 2012 Class of Educators

NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program is an effective and inspiring way to get authentic research experiences in... read blog post

10.25.11

See Spitzer at the Smithsonian!

If you find yourself in the Washington DC, why not take a trip to see "The Evolving Universe" at the Smithsonian Natu... read blog post

10.17.11

All in the Family

I have had the privilege of working on Spitzer since 1977 and have been Project Scientist since 1984, back in the day... read blog post

08.25.11

Happy Anniversary, Spitzer

Eight years ago today, I was nervous. Sitting atop a Delta II rocket at Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, t... read blog post

07.05.11

Star Formation Seen through Dust-Covered Glasses

Looking like a pair of eyeglasses only a rock star would wear, this nebula brings into focus a murky region of star f... read blog post

05.25.11

Teasing Apart Galaxy Collisions

Astronomers are picking through the wreckage of galactic collisions to better understand the destruction, and the cre... read blog post

05.13.11

Three NITARP Newsy Items

There have been three newsy events in the world of NITARP recently... read blog post

03.11.11

One Galaxy, Two Views

You may notice that every now and then we post multiple views of the same region of the sky but using different color... read blog post

02.10.11

North America Nebula in IR

Today, we're releasing special images of the North America and Pelican Nebulae -- my data! I love these images, and n... read blog post

01.03.11

NITARP at the AAS!

A few weeks ago, I mentioned here that the NITARP class of 2010 was taking NINE posters to the AAS meeting in a few w... read blog post

12.23.10

My First (Galaxy) Relationship

They say your first relationship will always stay with you, and I think it is as true of galaxies as it is of people.... read blog post

12.14.10

The Story of Star Formation

Some of Spitzer's most dramatic images are of star formation. Indeed, these gorgeous images are mesmerizing, at least... read blog post

12.07.10

Help Investigate Spitzer's Milky Way!

Today the Milky Way Project website has gone live, giving everyone a chance to become galaxy explorers from the comfo... read blog post

12.01.10

Exploring Spitzer Pictures in WorldWide Telescope

We've added a new feature to the Spitzer image gallery: with just one click you can open up most of our astronomical ... read blog post

11.16.10

NITARP: Class of 2011

NITARP is the successor to the highly successful Spitzer Teacher Program and is an effective and inspiring way to get... read blog post

10.26.10

High-Tech Astronomy Images: The Workshop

Experts in the field of astronomy visualization have come from around the world to brainstorm new features in the sta... read blog post

08.30.10

Exoplanet Fireflies and their Stellar Spotlights

Wow, searching for a tiny planet around another star is pretty hard. I am amazed that people are actually able to do ... read blog post

08.27.10

NITARP for 2011!

As I've mentioned in an earlier post, I'm the director of NITARP (NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Program) and we ... read blog post

08.25.10

Happy 7th Birthday, Spitzer!

NASA's premiere infrared telescope has just celebrated it's 7th birthday, and while that's getting up there in space ... read blog post

08.02.10

Phony Colors? Or Just Misunderstood?

In a recent review of a space imagery exhibit, the reviewer goes on an odd tangent half-way down the page, seemingly ... read blog post

07.28.10

NASA Spacescapes on your Desktop

Today Microsoft, in collaboration with the Spitzer team, has released a new "NASA Spacescapes" Windows theme that fea... read blog post

06.29.10

2500 Days of Spitzer

Walking through the halls today at the Spitzer Science Center you can't help but notice something special about the m... read blog post

06.16.10

A New Face for Spitzer!

So have you noticed something different about Spitzer today? If you frequent our website you might notice something, ... read blog post

04.24.10

The Science of Avatar

Are you curious just how much science actually makes it into a science fiction epic? Will you be in Pasadena on Tuesd... read blog post

02.23.10

Media Madness!

Infrared images from Spitzer have been showing up a lot in television and movies. Score one for pop culture! read blog post

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12.22.09

December craziness

Here in LA, the entertainment portion of the community (those in "the industry") have a crazy December, what with all... read blog post

11.06.09

Women in Astronomy and Space Science 2009

I've just come back from a slew of travel, including the 3rd ever Women in Astronomy conference, which was at the end... read blog post

10.27.09

Universe Expanding

Here in Pasadena the Spitzer conference has effortlessly expanded into the local and more distant universe, powered b... read blog post

10.26.09

Rocking with "Reionization to Exoplanets"

Admittedly the U2 concert received more media coverage, but the "Reionization to Exoplanets: Spitzer's Growing Legacy... read blog post

09.30.09

Hello!

I'm Luisa, an astronomer here at Spitzer. I study baby stars which will grow up to be like our Sun. But more about th... read blog post

 

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