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Construction and Preparation Photos | Artist Conceptions

Construction and Preparation Photos

Spitzer sitting atop its Delta II rocket on 14 August 2003 awaiting installation of the launch faring.

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Spitzer sitting atop its Delta II rocket on 14 August 2003 awaiting installation of the launch faring.

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Spitzer sitting atop its Delta II rocket on 14 August 2003 awaiting installation of the launch faring.

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Spitzer back in the clean room at Kennedy Space Center on 02 May 2003.

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Workers at Kennedy Space Center in Florida inspect Spitzer after its trip back to the clean room on 02 May 2003.

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Workers at Kennedy Space Center in Florida inspect Spitzer after its trip back to the clean room on 02 May 2003.

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Workers at Kennedy Space Center in Florida inspect Spitzer after its trip back to the clean room on 02 May 2003.

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As pieces of the protective payload canister rest in the foreground, workers at Kennedy Space Center in Florida inspect Spitzer after its trip back to the clean room on 02 May 2003.

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Workers at Kennedy Space Center in Florida inspect Spitzer after its trip back to the clean room on 02 May 2003.

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Spitzer sits inside one half of its launch faring atop its Delta rocket on 10 April 2003.

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Spitzer sits inside one half of its launch faring atop its Delta rocket on 10 April 2003.

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Spitzer sits inside one half of its launch faring atop its Delta rocket on 10 April 2003.

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Spitzer's launch faring is installed around it atop its Delta rocket on 10 April 2003.

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Spitzer is moved into position to have its launch faring installed atop its Delta rocket on 10 April 2003.

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Spitzer is moved into position to have its launch faring installed atop its Delta rocket on 10 April 2003.

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Spitzer is moved into position to have its launch faring installed atop its Delta rocket on 10 April 2003.

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Spitzer is moved into position to have its launch faring installed atop its Delta rocket on 10 April 2003.

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Spitzer is moved into position to have its launch faring installed atop its Delta rocket on 10 April 2003.

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Spitzer is moved into position to have its launch faring installed atop its Delta rocket on 10 April 2003.

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Spitzer attached to its payload attach fitting, which will connect the satellite to its Delta II launch vehicle.

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Workers at Kennedy Space Center on 29 March 2003 connect Spitzer to its payload attach fitting, which will connect the satellite to its Delta II launch vehicle.

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Workers at Kennedy Space Center on 29 March 2003 prepare to connect Spitzer to its payload attach fitting, which will connect the satellite to its Delta II launch vehicle.

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Workers at Kennedy Space Center on 29 March 2003 prepare to connect Spitzer to its payload attach fitting, which will connect the satellite to its Delta II launch vehicle.

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Workers at Kennedy Space Center on 29 March 2003 prepare to connect Spitzer to its payload attach fitting, which will connect the satellite to its Delta II launch vehicle.

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Spitzer in a hangar at Kennedy Space Center.

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Spitzer in a hangar at Kennedy Space Center being prepared to be placed atop its rocket.

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Spitzer in a hangar at Kennedy Space Center being prepared to be placed atop its rocket.

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Spitzer in a hangar at Kennedy Space Center being prepared to be placed atop its rocket.

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Spitzer at Lockheed Martin shortly before being shipped to Florida.

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Spitzer under construction at Lockheed Martin.

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Spitzer under construction at Lockheed Martin.

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Spitzer under construction at Lockheed Martin.

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Spitzer under construction at Lockheed Martin.

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Spitzer after CTA-spacecraft integration.

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The CTA being prepared for vibration testing.

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The assembled telescope.

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The telescope during CTA integration.

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The assembled telescope.

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Artist Conceptions
Spitzer Satellite

Artist rendition of Spitzer in its heliocentric orbit.

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Artist's conception of Spitzer ejecting its dust cover.

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Spitzer rendered against an infrared (100 micron) sky.

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Spitzer gathering solar energy to power itself.

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Spitzer departing the Earth soon after launch.

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Spitzer points its high-gain antenna towards the Earth.

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Views of the Spitzer observatory in 5 different orientations.

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Spitzer's solar panels shield the Observatory from the Sun, shown here in the infrared.

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Infrared view of Spitzer looking towards the Rho Ophiuchi at 100 microns.

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Infrared view of Spitzer looking towards the Rho Ophiuchi at 100 microns.

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Infrared view of Spitzer near the Rho Ophiuchi at 100 microns.

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Infrared view of Spitzer against the Milky Way and Orion at 100 microns.

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Spitzer 3-D model rendered with an alpha channel (for compositing).

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One-fifth scale model.

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One-fifth scale model.

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