Sadly the mission is now coming to an end. The orbiting telescope has been low on coolant fuel for years, and now it is trailing further and further away from the Earth, making operations more difficult. Still, after nearly fourteen years over its planned mission lifetime, it’s done pretty well for itself. This week we will celebrate its legacy with just a few of the beautiful photos it took during its time in space.
We are entering low earth orbit this week and spending time with the Hubble Space Telescope.The veil nebula is a supernova remnant of a star that died a mere 8,000 years ago and was more than 20 times the mass of our Sun. When stars like this go supernova, they give off a massive shockwave pulse that pushes material out at astronomical speeds.
See more of what Spitzer saw here .
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