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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


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