Ariane 5 lift off

Ariane 5 carrying Herschel and Planck lifts off

14 May 2009

At 15:12 CEST, at the beginning of a 55-minute launch window, the Herschel and Planck satellite pair lifted off on board an Ariane 5 from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana.

 

Herschel and Planck launch

The satellites are expected to separate from the rocket about half an hour after launch, and establish their first contact with Earth about 10 minutes after separation.

For more information on the critical events following launch, see:

The Herschel and Planck launch timeline

The Herschel-Planck channel on Twitter

Ariane 5 lift off
Ariane 5 lifts off with Herschel and Planck on board
Ariane 5 lifts off with Herschel and Planck on board
Ariane 5 lifts off with Herschel and Planck on board
Ariane 5 lifts off with Herschel and Planck on board
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