NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope was officially decommissioned on January 30, 2020, but Spitzer’s discoveries will continue for years to come. A great way to learn about these science tidbits is to continue to follow Spitzer’s social media feeds under their new branding of “ExploreAstro at Caltech IPAC.”
While the name is changing, the YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram feeds will continue to highlight Spitzer science along with even more astronomy stories from a variety of other missions dedicated to exploring everything from the solar system to the most distant parts of the observable universe.
NASA’s Spitzer Science Center will be winding down operations in 2021, but many of its services will continue to be a part of IPAC, a science and data center for astrophysics and planetary science based at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California. Spitzer data will continue to be served to the community through NASA's Infrared Science Archive (IRSA), which is based at IPAC.
The social media rebranding from “NASA Spitzer” to “ExploreAstro” reflects this transition of Spitzer from an active project to one of the many historic missions IPAC has supported over the decades, including IRAS, ISO, 2MASS, WISE, Herschel, and Planck, to name a few. Subscribers can expect to continue the Spitzer story as the channels expand to include even more exciting developments from other missions.
You can continue to follow NASA astrophysics stories on Twitter at @NASAUniverse and exoplanet news at @NASAExoplanets.
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