WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope’s mission has come to an end after 16 years of studying the universe, the US space agency said on Friday.
The telescope was launched in 2003. It studied comets, asteroids, star and planet formation. NASA decided to close the Spitzer mission in 2016 in anticipation of the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope in 2018.
However, with the postponement of the Weeb telescope until 2021, Spitzer was given additional time in space.