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Mating of Plancks service and payload modules
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Mating of Planck’s service and payload modules

May 24, 2009
A photo showing the mating of Planck's service module with the payload module hosting the scientific instruments.

This delicate process took place in the clean environment at the Thales facility in Cannes, marking the start of 18 month process of preparing the spacecraft for launch.