Planck orbital separation, artwork

Planck orbital separation, artwork

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Credit: EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY/D. DUCROS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: Planck orbital separation, artwork. This mission was launched into space on 14 May 2009 by an Ariane 5 rocket. The spacecraft (upper right) was contained in the rocket's upper stage (lower left) from which it is separating here. Planck is designed to study the Cosmic Microwave Background, the radiation left over from the Big Bang. High above the Earth, about 30 minutes after launch, it separated from its launcher and headed towards the second Lagrange point of the Sun-Earth system (L2), some 1.5 million kilometres from Earth in the direction opposite to the Sun. The spacecraft measures 4.2 metres by 4.2 metres.

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