Press release: 15 May 2010
Cloud of gas and dust called “RCW120” as seen by HerschelCredit: ESA / SPIRE, PACS and
At 13.12 GMT on 14 May 2009, an Ariane 5 rocket carrying two brand new space telescopes launched into space.
The two telescopes were Planck, which will make the most sensitive maps of the early Universe over the whole sky, and Herschel, the largest infrared space telescope ever launched. One year on, both missions are going strong and returning some fascinating new images and results.
The first scientific results (link opens in a new window) from Herschel are revealing previously unseen star formation. New images show thousands of distant galaxies furiously building stars, and beautiful star-forming clouds draped across the Milky Way.
For more information please contact: RAL Space Enquiries