One week to go!

With just one week to go, preparations for launch are well advanced.  The press coverage is also starting to build up for Planck (e.g. another Newscientist article), bringing it to the fore alongside its heavyweight sister-mission Herschel. Over in Kourou, Planck is inside the Ariane 5 faring, see below with the “SYLDA” (a French acronym for Système …

New Launch Date Announced

After a short delay to double-check the safety of the Herschel satellite, the date for the dual launch of Planck and Herschel has been set to 6th May.  The satellites will launch from the ESA spaceport near Kourou, French Guiana.  Local launch parties will be happening in the UK to celebrate. [Update: the launch was …