Disturbing the Universe

David L Clements, science and science fiction

Herschel: The End Nears – a lost post

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I really should learn my lesson…

Just spent 30 minutes writing a long post about the end of Helium and Herschel’s scientific legacy, only to see WordPress lose it completely.

So just a quick summary he – Herschel running out of helium so the mission will end in the next few weeks. Hugely successful, will have a great legacy. Ground based observations with ALMA and the threatened-with-closure JCMT will be great, and new missions SPICA and FIRI proposed to take far-IR astronomy into the future – though, in SPICA’s case, without any UK mission involvement.

The original version was much better written than that – honest!


Author: davecl

Astronomy, science, science fiction

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