Planck space observatory testing

Planck space observatory testing

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Caption: Planck space observatory testing. Technician preparing the Planck space observatory for tests at ESA's European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. The spacecraft, which measures 4.2 metres by 4.2 metres, will undergo fine balance tests inside the Large Space Simulator. The Planck space observatory is an unmanned spacecraft, launched on 14 May 2009, that is designed to study the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB), the radiation left over from the Big Bang. Photographed on 31 March 2008.

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