Herschel and Planck clock up one year in Space
18 May 2010



At 13.12 GMT on 14 May 2009, an Ariane 5 rocket carrying two brand new space telescopes launched into space.

Herschel's view of RCW 120, a bubble of gas and dust in space around a massive star.

​Cloud of gas and dust called “RCW120” as seen by Herschel

Credit: ESA / SPIRE, PACS and HOBYS Consortia

​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 r​esults (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.

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