Spitzer Space Telescope May Be Up For Grabs (Update)

Keith's 23 July note: It would seem that the precedents set by GALEX and ISEE-3 Reboot have found resonance at NASA's Science Mission Directorate. I wonder how one might apply to take over Spitzer? Will there be a formal call for proposals, a NASA procurement notice, or some other formal mechanism to solicit ideas? If so, when? I sent a request to NASA. Stay tuned.

Keith's 25 July update: According to NASA PAO: "NASA has successfully operated the Spitzer Space Telescope since 2003. Based on the most recent senior review, NASA plans to end its funding for the Spitzer mission with the commencement of operations of the James Webb Space Telescope in 2019. NASA is exploring options to continue operation of Spitzer beyond March 2019 using non-NASA funding sources, including private funding. NASA is open to discussions regarding a non-NASA funded extension of the Spitzer mission."

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