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10 images from NASA's Spitzer telescope

dazzling purples and pinks in space

Photo: Spitzer Science Center/California Institute of Technology

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Spitzer's legacy

Pictured here is a composite image of the Large Magellanic Cloud as seen by Spitzer and the Chandra X-ray. Ultimately, the $670 million Spitzer telescope has given us a glimpse of the building blocks of life. John Bahcall — who chaired a panel at the Institute for Advanced Study —  told CBS News at Spitzer’s launch in 2003, "With the help of the Spitzer Space Telescope, we can see things that human beings couldn't see before. We can watch stars being born, we can see planets form, we can observe galaxies shrouded in dust, we can look to the edge of the visible universe." And it seems, through the ingenuity of the creators of the Spitzer Space Telescope, we have done just that.