Tag Archives: Herschel

ESA Releases Images of the Rosette Nebula

The European Space Agency (ESA) released images of the Rosette Nebula taken by its Herschel space telescope. This nebula is found in the constellation Monoceros and lies about 5,000 light years from our own solar system. Within this series of giant gas clouds are the seeds of new stars to be born. Learn more about the Rosette Nebula and see the latest images online now here.

Cassini’s Latest Mimas Gems Released

Yesterday, the Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for Operations (CICLOPS) released the latest images of Saturn’s moon Mimas. This moon is best known for a large crater called Herschel, which astronomers believe almost destroyed the moon itself. See more of the incredible images of Mimas online now here.

Herschel First Light

Last Friday, 19 June 2009, the European Space Agency (ESA) released the first images taken by the Herschel telescope, an infra-red (IR) sensitive telescope launched 14 May 2009. In a side-by-side comparison with an image of M51 taken by the Spitzer Space Telescope, ESA demonstrated how its Herschel telescope will be providing higher resolution IR images than the Spitzer telescope. Read more about the first images caught by the Herschel telescope online now here.

ESA Announces Launch Date for Herschel and Planck

In a brief announcement made today, which you can see here, the European Space Agency (ESA) announced that it had set the date for the launch of the Herschel and Planck telescopes. The Herschel telescope is a large infrared (IR) telescope and the Planck telescope is a microwave telescope. As noted on this blog earlier this month (see here), ESA had delayed the launch due to problems noted during testing of the Ariane 5 launch vehicle.

ESA Delays Launch of Great Observatories

The European Space Agency (ESA) announced today that it will be delaying the launch of its infrared (Herschel) and microwave (Planck) observatories. ESA did not give any details, but the delay was due to “an anomaly discovered during tests” of the Ariane 5 launch vehicle. Read the brief announcement here.

ESA Announces Launch Dates for Planck and Herschel

The European Space Agency (ESA) announced today that it will launch the Herschel and Planck telescopes on 6 May 2009. The Herschel telescope will be the largest of its kind and is sensitive in the infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum. The Planck telescope is a microwave telescope that will be launched on the same Arianespace launch vehicle as Herschel. Read more about the preparations for launch of the Planck and Herschel telescopes here.

ESA Prepares Planck and Herschel for Launch

The European Space Agency (ESA) announced today that it is wrapping up the testing of the Herschel and Planck mission spacecraft in preparation for launch. The Herschel telescope will be the largest infrared telescope in orbit, once successfully launched. The Planck telescope is an instrument for measuring microwave radiation, similar to the COBE and WMAP instruments that NASA launched years ago. Learn more about the preparations for launch online at http://www.esa.int/esaCP/SEMI0D05VQF_index_0.html You can learn more about the Herschel mission at http://www.esa.int/esaSC/SEMA539YFDD_index_0.html and the Planck mission at http://www.esa.int/esaSC/SEMQBE1A6BD_index_0.html Both spacecraft will be launched at ESA’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana scheduled now for 16 April 2009.