Planck and Herschel launch, artwork

Planck and Herschel launch, artwork

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Caption: Planck and Herschel launch, artwork. These two missions were launched into space on 14 May 2009 by an Ariane 5 rocket. The spacecraft are mounted on top of the rocket's second (upper) stage. Here, the covering (fairing) has separated, revealing the spacecraft inside. First Herschel (seen here), and then Planck (inside its carrier, black), separated from the upper stage and travelled away from Earth to carry out their missions. Herschel collects infrared radiation from some of the coolest and most distant objects in the Universe. Planck studies the Cosmic Microwave Background, the radiation left over from the Big Bang.

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