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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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Report of the 2nd SPICA/SMI Technology Meeting Report of the 2nd SAFARI Consortium Meeting Report of SPICA Science Advisory Board 2nd Meeting Report of SPICA Science Advisory Board Report of the SAFARI Consortium Meeting
(Mar. 31, 2017) (Mar. 1-2, 2017) (Jul. 15, 2016) (May 9-10, 2016)(Apr. 13-14, 2016)

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  • March 1 - 2, 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.

    More information on "The 2nd SAFARI Consortium Meeting"

  • July 15, 2016

    On July 15, 2016, JAXA's SPICA Science Advisory Board 2nd Meeting was held in Paris, France.

  • July 8, 2016

    "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

  • June 28, 2016 - July 1, 2016

    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.

  • May 9 - 10, 2016

    On May 9 and 10, 2016, JAXA's SPICA Science Advisory Board was held in Tokyo, Japan.

  • April 13 - 14, 2016

    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.

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Update


  • July 27, 2016

    The English version of the SPICA homepage is fully updated, after the SPICA Mission Definition Review at ISAS/JAXA, completed in November, 2015.

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