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 SPICA Advisory Board Meeting Report of Facility visit to Centre Spatiale de Liège Report of SPICA/SAFARI Team's visit Report of SPICA Science Conference 2017 Report of the SAFARI Consortium Meeting
(Apr. 2, 2018)(Jan. 22, 2018)(Nov. 24, 2017)(Nov. 22, 2017)(Sep. 20-21, 2017)

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Latest News

  • April 2, 2018

    On April 2, 2018, SPICA Advisory Board Meeting was held at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ).

  • January 22, 2018

    SPICA team members visited Centre Spatiale de Liège (CSL) in Belgium on January 22, 2018. » Read more

  • November 24, 2017

    SPICA/SAFARI Team visited ISAS/JAXA, Japan, on November 24, 2017.

  • Sep 20 - 22, 2017

    The SAFARI Consortium Meeting was held in Rome, Italy, on September 20-21, 2017.

  • August 22, 2017

    On August 22, 2017, JAXA's SPICA Observation Advisory Board Meeting was held at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ).

  • May 31 - June 1, 2017

    In order to construct an assembly design of the scientific instrument accommodation on the optical bench, a dedicated team was organized, and a face-to-face meeting was held on 31st May - 1st June 2017 at CEA Sacray/SAp. The meeting was quite successful, concluding a few cases will be pursued further in terms of feasibility and various interfaces among instruments.

  • 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"

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  • December 7, 2017

    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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