Plans to un-retire Spitzer??

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Plans to un-retire Spitzer??

Post by Rauf » Thu May 18, 2023 7:19 am

https://www.space.com/nasa-spitzer-spac ... n-proposal

What do you think? Do you really think it might be possible to awaken Spitzer again?
If that happens, that would be too great.. I really love Spitzer's IR pictures.

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Re: Plans to un-retire Spitzer??

Post by bystander » Thu May 18, 2023 8:05 am

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Re: Plans to un-retire Spitzer??

Post by Ann » Mon May 22, 2023 3:54 am

I wish they would un-retire GALEX, or launch another UV-sensitive space telescope. Chris once told me that there is already a UV-sensitive space telescope in orbit that looks at the Sun. How boring.

I want a UV-sensitive space telescope that looks at other galaxies!

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Re: Plans to un-retire Spitzer??

Post by Rauf » Tue May 23, 2023 8:08 am

Ann wrote: Mon May 22, 2023 3:54 am I wish they would un-retire GALEX, or launch another UV-sensitive space telescope. Chris once told me that there is already a UV-sensitive space telescope in orbit that looks at the Sun. How boring.

I want a UV-sensitive space telescope that looks at other galaxies!

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GALEX wrote:On 28 June 2013, NASA decommissioned GALEX. It is expected that the spacecraft will remain in orbit for at least 65 years before it will re-enter the atmosphere.
We got 65 years to revive GALEX. But it seems NASA thinks it's not cost effective anymore, and I didn't find any other planned UV space telescope. I guess un-retiring GALEX would require less effort than Spitzer, given that Spitzer is orbiting the sun and GALEX is just on LEO orbit.