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Planck and Herschel mission launch

Planck and Herschel mission launch

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

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Planck and Herschel mission launch, artwork. These two missions were launched into space on 14 May 2009 by an Ariane 5 rocket. The spacecraft are contained in the rocket's upper stage. Here, the covering (or faring) has separated, revealing the spacecraft inside. First Herschel, and then Planck, will separate from the rocket and then travel away from Earth to carry out their missions. Herschel will collect infrared radiation from some of the coolest and most distant objects in the Universe. Planck will study the Cosmic Microwave Background, the radiation left over from the Big Bang.

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