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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


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