ESA’s Herchel-Planck Launch

Herschel_separation_SFollowing on from NASA successful launch to the Hubble Space Telescope, ESA will be launching two probes on one Arianne rocket today.

The Herschel Space Observatory is a far-infrared telescope and detector which, at 3.5 meters wide, will be using the  largest mirror ever deployed in space. Planck is a spacecraft which will be observing the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation at a much high resolution and sensitivity than before.

The satellites, with a joint launch cost of €1.1 billion, will be carried into space by an Ariane 5 ECA rocket.

Video coverage will be begin here at roughly 1:30pm.

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Posted on 14 May, 2009, in Popular Science, Space exploration and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on ESA’s Herchel-Planck Launch.

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