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http://www.esa.int/esaSC/SEMJXQITYRF_index_0.html

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In order to carry out additional checks on the ground segment of the Herschel and Planck programmes, Arianespace and ESA have jointly agreed to postpone the launch initially planned for next April 16. A new launch date will be announced at the end of March.
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Old 04-03-2009, 05:50 AM   #2
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http://www.esa.int/esaCP/SEM6Q4EH1TF_index_0.html

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Old 04-09-2009, 07:57 AM   #3
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More news:-

http://www.esa.int/esaSC/SEMU8LEH1TF_index_0.html

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Old 04-20-2009, 07:19 PM   #4
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More news:-

http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/Operatio...1Z9NJTF_0.html

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Launch time-line and some relevant links.

http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/Operatio...W10YDUF_0.html

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Old 05-12-2009, 07:06 PM   #7
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ARIANESPACE FLIGHT - HERSCHEL and PLANCK
The launch readiness review (RAL) took place in Kourou on Tuesday, May 12, 2008 and authorized count-down operations for the HERSCHEL & PLANCK launch.
For its second launch of the year, Arianespace will orbit two scientific satellites for the European Space Agency: the Herschel space telescope and the Planck scientific observatory.

The two satellites are being launched towards the Lagrange Point (L2), once again demonstrating the operational capabilities of Ariane 5. This is the only launch vehicle on the commercial market today capable of launching two payloads simultaneously, and handling a complete array of missions, from commercial launches into geostationary orbit, to scientific missions into special orbits.
It will be launched from the Ariane launch complex N° 3 (ELA3), in Kourou, French Guiana.
The Ariane 5 ECA launcher lift-off for this flight is scheduled during the day of May 14, 2009 as soon as possible within the following launch window:

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One place to watch the launch.

http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/herschel...V3ZVNUF_0.html

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 One place to watch the launch.

http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/herschel...V3ZVNUF_0.html

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Excellent. I was looking for a place to watch it. Only a few hours now.
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Old 05-14-2009, 11:07 AM   #10
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You can also watch it here:

http://www.videocorner.tv/videocorne....php?langue=en

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Herschel & Planck on Twitter:

http://twitter.com/herschelplanck
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Old 05-14-2009, 11:09 AM   #11
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Earth's spaceports are rather busy lately...
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Old 05-14-2009, 11:12 AM   #12
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AAH!

What should I watch:

STS-125 EVA-1, for the historic replacement of WFPC2

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Herschel & Planck launch?


My bandwidth can't support both - Decisions!, Decisions!!
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 AAH!

What should I watch:

STS-125 EVA-1, for the historic replacement of WFPC2

or

Herschel & Planck launch?


My bandwidth can't support both - Decisions!, Decisions!!
If the EVA goes wrong there will be reruns and reruns

If the launch goes wrong there will be a big boom!
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Old 05-14-2009, 11:18 AM   #14
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Question:

Why aren't any of Europe's spacecraft ever given British names?

Instead of Herschel & Planck, we could have Tom & Bob, or James & Chris, or Steve & Dan, or Matt & Rick????

Hmm. They just don't have the same ring to them that French or German names do

Maybe it's also something to do with the fact that Britain contributes the least amount of money to the ESA than any other of the major European countries!

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And here's the link to the stream in Windows Media Player (much more stable for me):

http://mfile.akamai.com/13736/live/r...asx?bkup=36231

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Also on BBC news:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8049307.stm

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Old 05-14-2009, 11:32 AM   #15
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 Why aren't any of Europe's spacecraft ever given British names?
XMM-Newton...

Herschel was BTW british citizen, despite being born in the Electorate of Brunswick-Lüneburg, in the town of Hanover.
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