Spitzer Documentation & Tools
Spitzer Telescope Handbook
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Chapter 1. Introduction

1.1                 Document Purpose and Scope

The Spitzer Telescope Handbook is one of a series of documents that explain the operations of the Spitzer Space Telescope and its three science instruments, the data received from the instruments and the processing carried out on the data. The Spitzer Space Telescope Handbook gives an overview of the entire Spitzer mission and it explains the operations of the observatory, while the other three handbooks document the operation of, and the data produced by the individual instruments (IRAC, IRS and MIPS). The Handbook is intended to provide information about the Spitzer mission and the observatory itself, including a historical review of the project, a description of the science and spacecraft operations, pointing and tracking capabilities, cross-calibration of the instruments, and the data archive. For detailed information about the science instruments and the data they produced, the reader is encouraged to consult the three Instrument Handbooks. 


The science products from the Spitzer Space Telescope are available from the Spitzer Heritage Archive via the NASA/IPAC Infrared Science Archive (IRSA) at: http://sha.ipac.caltech.edu/applications/Spitzer/SHA.

1.2                 How to Contact Us

A broad collection of information relating to the Spitzer mission is available on the IRSA web site at http://irsa.ipac.caltech.edu/data/SPITZER/docs/. You may also contact us at the Helpdesk: http://irsa.ipac.caltech.edu/data/SPITZER/docs/spitzerhelpdesk.

1.3                 Standard Acknowledgements for Spitzer Publications

Any paper making use of the Spitzer scientific products should acknowledge the Spitzer project with the following text: “This work is based [in part] on observations made with the Spitzer Space Telescope, which was operated by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology under a contract with NASA.” If you received NASA data analysis funding for the research, you should use one of the templates listed under http://irsa.ipac.caltech.edu/data/SPITZER/docs/spitzermission/publications/ackn/. Please see the Heritage Documentation Web site or the individual Spitzer Instrument Handbooks for further instructions of what acknowledgments to use when using data from specific instruments or observing programs.

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