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

November 30, 2005
SIRTF seen against the infrared sky. The band of light is the glowing dust emission from the Milky Way galaxy seen at 100 microns (as seen by the IRAS/COBE missions).

The SIRTF solar panels also double as a solar shield that always faces the sun, protecting the cold observatory from the sun's heat.


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