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My Long-Distance Relationship With Spitzer

About six years ago, I was fortunate to have been given a chance to join the Spitzer Operations team. I had two jobs ... read blog post


From Happy Developer to Good Manager: A software programmer learns to manage code and people at the SSC

I joined Spitzer Science Center (SSC) in 1997 after working in NED as a software developer for eight years, though it... read blog post


The Spitzer North Team: It’s a Big Universe and a Small World

When we meet one of our colleagues for the first time, it usually doesn’t take very long to figure out that we have f... read blog post


Being Part of Spitzer is Being Part of History

I joined the Spitzer Flight Control Team four years ago. I worked as the ACE, which is the person who sends commands ... read blog post


From Unpaid Intern to Engineering Lead: A Life Voyage With Spitzer

The start of my life and career voyage via Spitzer began in 2014. After a two-year unpaid internship at JPL doing gra... read blog post


A Phone Call that Changed My Life

In July of 1997, as Manager of the Science Data Processing Systems Section at JPL, I was having the time of my life m... read blog post


Rime of the Ancient Astronomer: Dr. Deborah Levine Waxes Poetic With a Spitzer Tale in Verse

I leapt from "Superfriend" to Ph.D., then learned Science Operations in Spain, on ISO. 'Til George and SIRTF lured me... read blog post


Spitzer's Safe Space: Commanding A Telescope Millions of Miles Away

The best way for me to express my time at Spitzer can be wrapped up in one word: family. Spitzer was the first projec... read blog post


Bitten by the Spitzer Bug: Covering Spitzer News Is The Coolest Job in LA

About 16 years ago I was ecstatic to hear I got the job as a science communicator at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory... read blog post


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


NITARP for 2013 - Come Play With Us!

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


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


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


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


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


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: 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


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


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


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


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


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


Teasing Apart Galaxy Collisions

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


Three NITARP Newsy Items

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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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


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


Universe Expanding

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


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



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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