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Herschel Press Releases
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1 Sep 2010
launched into space, have just been publicly released, allowing the World’s astronomers to share in
the Herschel SPIRE instrument’s observations of distant galaxies. From its vantage point nearly 1.5
million km from Earth (1 million miles), the Herschel spacecraft has given astronomers new insights
into the different types of galaxy in the distant Universe and will allow them to explore part of the
Universe as it was some eleven billion years ago or just 3 billion years after the Big Bang.
26 May 2010
18 December 2009
The European Space Agency has released a preview of the first science results from the Herschel Space Observatory, including the UK-led SPIRE instrument. The new data which include images of previously invisible stardust - the stuff that all life is made from - will give us valuable new information about how stars and galaxies are made and reveal the life cycle of the cosmos.
27 November 2009
The European Space Agency has today (25th Nov) released spectacular new observations from the Herschel Space Observatory, including the UK-led SPIRE instrument. Spectrometers on board all three Hershel instruments have been used to analyse the light from objects inside our galaxy and from other galaxies, producing some of the best measurements yet of atoms and molecules involved in the birth and death of stars.
20 November 2009
Alongside teleportation and the AIDS vaccine, the Herschel Space Observatory has been voted one of the greatest inventions of 2009 by Time magazine (link opens in a new window).
Herschel is placed at number 7 in the list of 50 inventions, which also includes the Electric Eye and the Personal Carbon Footprint.
2 October 2009
The Herschel Space Observatory has produced spectacular new images of interstellar material in our galaxy, using the UK-led SPIRE camera in tandem with Herschel’s other camera, PACS.
The new pictures, made during the first trial run with the two instruments operating at the same time, have unveiled a small part of our Milky Way Galaxy as we have never seen it before, and bode well for one of Herschel’s main scientific projects, which is to survey large areas of the galaxy.
10 July 2009
The UK-led SPIRE instrument on board the Herschel Space Observatory has made its first astronomical observations, with spectacular results. The first SPIRE images, together with first light observations from the other two Herschel instruments, are released today (Friday 10th July) by the European Space Agency (ESA)
14 May 2009
ESA's Herschel and Planck satellites have today (14th May 2009) been successfully launched into space where they will start collecting the most detailed information yet about the birth and evolution of our Universe and its galaxies.
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