NASA's Spitzer First to Crack Open Light of Faraway Worlds

  1. NASA's Spitzer First to Crack Open Light of Faraway Worlds

    02.21.07

    NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has captured for the first time enough light from planets outside our solar system, known as exoplanets, to identify signatures of molecules in their atmospheres. The landmark achievement is a significant step toward being able to detect possible life on rocky exoplanets and comes years before astronomers had anticipated.

    "This is an amazing surprise," said Spitzer project scientist Dr. Michael Werner of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. "We had no idea when we designed Spitzer that it would make such a dramatic step in characterizing exoplanets."

    http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sp...0221-full.html
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  3. by   indigo girl
    Quote from spacenurse
    NASA's Spitzer First to Crack Open Light of Faraway Worlds

    02.21.07

    NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has captured for the first time enough light from planets outside our solar system, known as exoplanets, to identify signatures of molecules in their atmospheres. The landmark achievement is a significant step toward being able to detect possible life on rocky exoplanets and comes years before astronomers had anticipated.

    "This is an amazing surprise," said Spitzer project scientist Dr. Michael Werner of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. "We had no idea when we designed Spitzer that it would make such a dramatic step in characterizing exoplanets."

    http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sp...0221-full.html
    This is very good news. Those scientists are to be congratulated for this
    excellent work that has so many applications. Wow! The things we can find out now...

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