Disturbing the Universe

David L Clements, science and science fiction

Launch Year


It’s now 2009, in case you hadn’t noticed. As well as being International Year of Astronomy, in celebration of 400 years since Galileo’s telescope, it will be the year we launch Herschel and Planck.

I’m looking forward to finally being able to take data with the instruments I’ve been working on for 8 years, but there is also trepidation about their trip to L2. Will the launch go well, will transfer from LEO work, will everything still work once we get there?

One thing is for sure – it’ll be an interesting 12 months!


Author: davecl

Astronomy, science, science fiction

2 thoughts on “Launch Year

  1. Well, yeah, I noticed the year.

    I’ve been waiting for the Planck (and Herschel) launch for quite a bit. I hope Planck will detect new foreground point sources, but the cosmology is very interesting, too.

  2. I’m certainly looking forward to the Planck results as well!

    As far as the cosmic infrared background is concerned, Herschel will also do a very good job of finding new foreground sources.

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