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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...

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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...

2009-02-20 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...

2009-02-09 12:57:44

The European Space Agency says it is preparing to move its Herschel and Planck spacecraft to Europe's spaceport in Kouron, French Guiana, within two weeks. Herschel and Planck are scheduled to be launched into space in a dual launch configuration April 16. Herschel will study the formation of stars and galaxies and Planck is designed to investigate the relic radiation from the Big Bang, officials said. Herschel underwent testing at the ESA's Space Research and Technology Center in Noordwijk,...

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2009-02-09 11:20:00

The European Space Agency is in the final stages of preparing to launch its Herschel spacecraft after more than 20 years of development. Herschel will soon become the largest telescope mirror in space, overshadowing the Hubble space telescope. "The mirror is an enormous piece of hardware," Thomas Passvogel, ESA's program manager on the Herschel space observatory, told BBC News. "It's a ceramic mirror; it's the biggest piece ever made from silicon carbide. It's very hard but much, much...


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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) -- The Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) was launched on June 30, 2001 at 3:46 p.m. EDT at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, USA. The goal of WMAP was to map out minute differences in the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) radiation which would help test theories of the nature of the universe. On February 11, 2003, the public relations group from NASA made a press release regarding the age and composition of the universe....

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