The Planck primary mirror surrounded by the baffle
May 26, 2009
The Planck telescope and instruments are surrounded by a large baffle which is used to radiate heat, generated by coolers of the scientific instruments out into space. The baffle also provides the instruments with a stable and cold background environment. This photo was taken n the S1B clean room at Europe's launch site (CSG) in Kourou, French Guiana, at the end of February 2009.
Topics: Space, Physics, Space exploration, Baffle, Kourou, Launch pad, Max Planck, Mirror, Planck, European Space Agency, Spaceflight, launch site, French Guiana, Europe