Revealing the process
that enriched the Universe with metal and dust,
and led to the formation of habitable worlds
SPICA (Space Infrared Telescope for Cosmology and Astrophysics) is a joint space mission of Japan and Europe, targeting launch in the late 2020s. The mission aims to reveal "the process that enriched the universe with metal and dust and led to the formation of habitable worlds" by observing "metal and dust enrichment through galaxy evolution" and "planetary system formation of habitable systems".
SPICA will achieve these goals with its 2.5 m telescope cryogenically cooled to below 8 K (-265 ℃) and two highly sensitive instruments, the SMI (SPICA Mid-infrared Instrument) and the SAFARI (SpicA FAR-infrared Instrument). SPICA will follow an orbit around the so-called second Lagrangian point (L2), a point located 1.5 million km from the Earth, which is best suited to effectively cool the telescope and instruments to the temperatures needed to achieve a high sensitivity.
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The 2nd SPICA/SMI Technology Meeting (SPICA/SMI国内技術会議・説明会) was held at ISAS/JAXA, Japan, on March 31, 2017.
The SAFARI Consortium Meeting was held in Heidelberg, Germany, on March 1 and 2, 2017. It was organized by the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA), located on top of the Königstuhl, about 6 km outside the center of Heidelberg.
SPICA proposal was submitted in response to the CALL FOR A MEDIUM-SIZE MISSION OPPORTUNITY IN ESA'S SCIENCE PROGRAMME (M5). The proposal was prepared by the SPICA team consisting mainly of Japanese and European scientists.
Successful experimental demonstrations on TES detectors
in the laboratories of SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research have paved the way
for future far-infrared satellite mission SPICA, with the instrument SAFARI.
More information on "Progress in TES detectors pave way far-infrared missions"
On July 15, 2016, JAXA's SPICA Science Advisory Board 2nd Meeting was held in Paris, France.
"An important step forward for the SPICA mission." The start of the phase A1 activity for SPICA was approved by ISAS on July 8, 2016. » Read more
SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation 2016 was held in Edinburgh, Scotland, on June 28, 2016 - July 1, 2016. SPICA and its instruments SAFARI and SMI were introduced in the "SESSION 2: Transition-Edge Sensors", "SESSION 10: Multiplexing and Readout Systems", and "SESSION 21: IR Systems" of the SPIE conference.
On May 9 and 10, 2016, JAXA's SPICA Science Advisory Board was held in Tokyo, Japan.
The SAFARI Consortium Meeting was held in Groningen, the Netherlands, on April 13 and 14, 2016. It was organized by SRON, located in the "Kapteijnborg" building at the Zernike Campus in Groningen.
Italian SPICA Workshop 2016 was held at INAF Headquarters, Monte Mario, Rome, on April 4 and 5, 2016. It was organized by SPICA-Safari Italian Team.
The English version of the SPICA homepage is fully updated, after the SPICA Mission Definition Review at ISAS/JAXA, completed in November, 2015.