NASA is under great trouble due to the recent budget cuts by the government and because of the budget cuts, NASA has to end up there some project they have been working on since a long time now. Recently, NASA came to decide to stop their ongoing telescope project named Spitzer Space Telescope. NASA is going to put an end to the project in January 2020 due to the less government funding as it is also the reason why NASA is associating with other private organizations to work on their projects.
The function of the Spitzer Space Telescope was to study other galaxies which are light years away from us and find the new exo-planets. Spitzer is also used for studying deep space. NASA planned to keep the project in running until the launch of James Webb Space Telescope which is now launching in 2021 but due to the less budget and budget cuts in astrophysics division, NASA decided to end the Spitzer telescope early.
Lisa Storrie-Lombardi, Spitzer’s project manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, “On January 30, 2020, NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope will transmit the final science and engineering data to mission control and then be commanded off, ending its amazing and surprising mission.” The scientists have decided to save all the data so that it can be used by the scientists who are going to work on the project in the coming future. Storrie-Lombardi also said, “But even after Spitzer ceases transmissions, scientists will continue making discoveries from its 16 years of data for decades to come. Spitzer enables groundbreaking advances in our understanding of planetary systems around other stars, the evolution of galaxies in the nearby and distant universe, the structure of our Milky Way galaxy, the infinite variety in the lives of stars, and the constituents of our solar system.”