SPITZER (formerly SIRTF, the Space Infrared Telescope Facility) was launched into space by a Delta rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on 25 August 2003. SPITZER is obtaining images and spectra in the infrared between wavelengths of 3 and 180 microns. SPITZER consists of a 0.85-meter telescope and three cryogenically-cooled science instruments. Primary targets are areas of vast, dense clouds of gas and dust - the sites of star formation, the centers of galaxies, and newly forming planetary systems. Individual smaller stars and giant molecular clouds are also of interest.
STScI provides support to SPITZER for operational pipeline processing (OPUS) and planning and scheduling (SPIKE).