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Spitzer Space Telescope (né SIRTF) Sparkles in Debut

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Science  19 Dec 2003:
Vol. 302, Issue 5653, pp. 2047
DOI: 10.1126/science.302.5653.2047

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After a difficult gestation, the Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF) was christened this week. NASA is renaming SIRTF the Spitzer Space Telescope in honor of the late astrophysicist Lyman Spitzer Jr., who first conceived of a large telescope in orbit.