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Spitzer Space Telescope Team selected to receive the 2014 AIAA Space Science Award | AIAA Space Forum 2014

Spitzer Space Telescope Team selected to receive the 2014 AIAA Space Science Award | AIAA Space Forum 2014

Jul 24, 2014

The Spitzer Space Telescope team has been selected to receive the 2014 AIAA Space Science Award during the AIAA Space and Astronautics Forum August 4-7 in San Diego, California at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. This award was originally established in 1961 and is given to an individual for demonstrated leadership of innovative scientific investigations associated with space science missions. The citation for the award reads: “For outstanding science producing over 2,000 papers, 50,000+hours of observation, and significant findings such as the first telescope to directly detect light from extrasolar planets.” The award consists of an engraved medal and a certificate of citation.

spitzer space telescope Image Credit: NASA/JPL-CalTech/SSC

The Spitzer Space Telescope is designed to detect infrared radiation, which is primarily heat radiation that allows scientists to peer into cosmic regions that are hidden from optical telescopes, including dusty stellar nurseries, the centers of galaxies, and newly forming planetary systems. Spitzer’s infrared eyes also allows astronomers see cooler objects in space, like failed stars (brown dwarfs), extrasolar planets, giant molecular clouds, and organic molecules that may hold the secret to life on other planets. Recently NASA’s Spitzer and Kepler Space Telescopes has helped scientist with the most precise measurement ever of the radius of a planet beyond our solar system. Their discoveries confirm Kepler-93b as a “super-Earth” that is about one-and-a-half times the size of our planet. Although super-Earths are common in the galaxy, none exist in our solar system. To learn more visit: http://www.spitzer.caltech.edu/

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