langue en THALES GROUP - 03/10/2014

Thales Alenia Space - The Herschel-Plank programme

Launched back on May 14, 2009, the two satellites in the joint Herschel-Planck mission were part of one of the most complex scientific projects ever carried out in Europe.

The Planck satellite's impressive achievement was to take "photos" of the Universe as it was just 380,000 years after the Big Bang, some 13.8 billion years ago, so that we can better understand how it was formed, plus the phenomena underlying matter and black energy.

The Herschel spacecraft enabled scientists to analyze and better understand the life of stars, galaxies and other large structures in the Universe. Exceeding their expected lifespans, the two high-tech jewels Herschel and Planck provided huge volumes of data for scientific and astronomic research, and it will take many more years to process all this data.