Herschel and Planck launcher declared fit for launch

Herschel and Planck in Ariane 5 fairing
12 May 2009

The Ariane 5 that will loft Herschel and Planck into space has been declared ready for launch following the conclusion of the Launch Readiness Review held on 9 May and a close-out review held on 12 May. The launch is scheduled for 15:12 CEST on 14 May.

This provides formal authorisation by Arianespace for launch on 14 May 2009.

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