Latest Herschel Space Observatory Stories

2009-04-08 15:45:00

Scientists from the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia have helped unveil the birthplaces of ancient stars using a two-ton telescope carried by a balloon the size of a 33-storey building. After two years spent analyzing data from the Balloon-borne Large-Aperture Sub-millimeter Telescope (BLAST) project, an international group of astronomers and astrophysicists from Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. reveals today in the journal Nature that half of the starlight of the...

2009-04-08 14:15:00

With the additional checks related to the flight worthiness of the Herschel telescope now completed, ESA and Arianespace have set the launch date of Herschel and Planck for May 6 2009. Over the last few days, during the final cross-check of the Herschel telescope documentation carried out by an independent panel of experts led by the ESA Inspector General and Arianespace, it has been confirmed that the required safety margins are met and the telescope is fully qualified for launch. The...

2009-04-02 13:53:44

The European Space Agency has again postponed scheduling a joint launch date for its Herschel and Planck spacecraft. The space agency said the latest delay was initiated despite verification of operational procedures for the satellites. However, during final checks on the spacecraft, concerns have arisen and a short delay is proposed in order to allow ESA and Arianespace to carry out a final and independent check of the safety margins, the ESA said in a statement. The ESA last month postponed...

2009-04-02 12:20:00

The verification of operations procedures for Herschel and Planck at ESA's European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) has now positively concluded. However, during final checks on the spacecraft, concerns have arisen and a short delay is proposed in order to allow ESA and Arianespace to carry out a final and independent check of the safety margins. Therefore, the final decision on the date of the Herschel and Planck launch will be postponed by a few days. The Herschel telescope mirror, the...

2009-03-18 17:02:30

The European Space Agency says it has postponed the Herschel and Planck spacecraft launch that was initially planned for April 16. The ESA said the Herschel and Planck missions will study the formation of stars and galaxies and the relic radiation from the Big Bang. The spacecraft are to be lifted into space in a dual launch configuration by an Ariane ECA rocket. ESA officials said the decision to postpone the launch was needed to finalize the validation of the spacecraft's operational...

2009-03-13 09:48:30

In order to carry out additional checks on the ground segment of the Herschel and Planck programmes, Arianespace and ESA have jointly agreed to postpone the launch initially planned for next April 16. A new launch date will be announced at the end of March. The decision to postpone the launch by a few weeks was needed to finalise the validation of the spacecraft operations procedures following recent software updates.In the meantime, the preparation of the two spacecraft for launch...

2009-03-06 14:38:30

The Kourou spaceport in French Guiana is gearing up to send Europe's Herschel and Planck space telescopes into orbit next month, BBC News reported. The satellite observatories are part of a 10-year joint program worth over $2 billion and will come face to face for the first time during their arrival in the S1 preparation hall at Kourou. Thomas Passvogel, the Herschel-Planck project manger with the European Space Agency (ESA), said the two were once at a technical center in Holland at the same...

2009-03-05 08:25:51

Following Herschel's arrival at Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, the spacecraft has been unpacked and inspected. After an initial visual inspection, the telescope mirror, the largest ever to fly in space, was cleaned thoroughly to prepare it for launch. The spacecraft arrived in Kourou on 12 February. Before the container was opened a day later, it was flushed with dry gaseous nitrogen, ensuring that the difference in pressure inside and outside of the container prevented any...

2009-02-20 12:21:35

Planck, ESA's microwave observatory that will study the relic radiation of the Big Bang, was shipped from Lige, Belgium, to Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on 18 February. The spacecraft is scheduled to be launched in tandem with ESA's Herschel infrared observatory on 16 April. The spacecraft took off from Lige airport on board an Antonov cargo plane early in the morning on 18 February and arrived at its destination that evening. This follows the earlier shipment of its...

2009-02-16 14:40:00

The European Space Agency (ESA) has started a new program to track space debris and establish standards to avoid future collisions, an official said on Monday. Dubbed Space Situational Awareness, the $64 million program was launched in January, and seeks to provide scientists on the ground with additional information about the estimated 13,000 satellites and other man made structures now orbiting the Earth. Two satellites collided 500 miles over Siberia on February 10, generating space...

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