Latest Herschel Space Observatory Stories
The European Space Agency on Monday announced a short delay of the Herschel and Planck telescopes to give ESA and Arianespace additional time to complete final and independent checks.
Herschelâ€™s three scientific instruments have passed their functional tests and are 'good to go'. This marks another milestone in the steady progress being made in preparing the satellite for launch.
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-story building.
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.
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.
The verification of operations procedures for Herschel and Planck at ESAâ€™s European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) has now positively concluded.
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.
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 Kourou spaceport in French Guiana is gearing up to send Europe's Herschel and Planck space telescopes into orbit next month.
Following Herschelâ€™s arrival at Europeâ€™s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, the spacecraft has been unpacked and inspected.
- A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.