SPICA (Space Infrared Telescope for Cosmology and Astrophysics) is a joint space mission of Japan and Europe, (which will be) launched in the late 2020s. The purpose of this mission is to elucidate "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 is equipped with a 2.5 m telescope, which is cryogenically cooled down to below 8 K (-265 ℃) as well as with highly sensitive infrared instruments, SMI (SPICA Mid-infrared Instrument), SAFARI (SpicA FAR-infrared Instrument), and B-BOP (Magnetic field explorer with BOlometric Polarimeter). SPICA will be thrown into an orbit around the second Lagrangian point (L2) of the Sun-Earth system, which is 1.5 million km away from the Earth, and the best place to make the infrared telescope and instruments cool enough so as to achieve very high sensitivity.

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ISAS open day 2019 SPICA Collaboration Meeting SPICA2019 in Crete SPICA Collaboration Meeting SPICA/SMI Kickoff Meeting
(Nov. 01, 2019) (Oct. 28 – 30, 2019) (May 20 – 23, 2019) (Apr. 2 - 4, 2019) (Oct. 4, 2018)

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  • Sep. 23, 2020

    SMI factsheet was updated. For details, please see SPICA Instruments overview for Researchers.

  • Mar. 06, 2020

    An article about SPICA was published on ISAS News (Feb. 2020, No. 467). Please see ISAS News (PDF ver.).

  • Nov. 18, 2019

    ISAS oepn day was held on Nov. 01, 2019. Please see Pickup News.

  • Nov. 18, 2019

    SPICA collaboration meeting was held in Paris. Please see Pickup News.

  • Oct. 24, 2019

    SPICA special session will be held in ASJ Annual Meeting at Tsukuba University (Mar. 16-19, 2020).
    -- Invited speakers: Takuma Izumi (NAOJ), Hidehiro Kaneda (Nagoya University), Teruyuki Hirano (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
    -- Deadline for presentation application: Nov. 13, 2019, at noon
    See [tennet 17994] for details.

  • May 20-23, 2019

    SPICA Science Meeting "SPICA 2019" was held at Crete Island in Greece. For details, please see Pickup News.

  • May 16, 2019

    SMI factsheet was updated. For details, please see SPICA Instruments overview for Researchers.

  • April 2 - 4, 2019

    The SPICA Collaboration Meeting was held at SRON in Groningen. For detail, please see "Pickup News".

  • October 4, 2018

    The SPICA/SMI Kickoff Meeting was held at Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASIAA), Academia Sinica on October 4, 2018. » Read more

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  • September 24 – 26, 2018

    The SPICA/SAFARI consortium meeting was held in Madrid, Spain. For detail, please see "Pickup 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.

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