Is it a bird, is it a plane…no it’s the Planck satellite

The Planck satellite is not only being monitored by the mission controllers at the Mission Operations Centre.  It is also being watched by optical astronomers, who have captured images of the satellite against the starry background.  There are two methods of doing this, one is to stare at the area of sky which the spacecraft …

Planck and Herschel win Grand Prize

The teams behind Planck and Herschel have been awarded the “Grand Prix 2010” by the French Association for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AAAF), to acknowledge their “outstanding space endeavours”.  The prize was awarded on 9th June 2010 in Paris, and senior members of the teams behind both of these groundbreaking missions were there to collect the award on behalf of …

Launch Party video

A video of the launch party held at Cardiff University’s School of Physics and Astronomy can be seen below.  It includes discussion about the Herschel and Planck missions and what the scientists hope to discover, as well as their reactions to such a successful launch.

Successful Launch!

Planck launched successfully at 13:12 GMT on 14th May 2009 from the ESA spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.  The ESA website has a video of the launch.  Many members of the Planck team attended the launch – look out for photos on this site!

Planck in the News

A recent press conference in London, hosted by STFC, generated several articles in UK newspapers, many of which can be viewed online: The Independent The Daily Mail The Times The Daily Telegraph There’s also an article in NewScientist.