Spying on Eden

Herschel_sc_artistearthview_hHerschel, a space-borne telescope that will use the far infrared wavelength to observe some of the deepest objects in the universe, has been assembled.

With its imaging equipment cooled to near absolute zero, the craft will be to detect the most distant and faintest heat from the origins of the universe. It will be launched along with Planck sometime later this year, and the two observation platforms, posted and operating independently at L2, will comprehensively look at cosmic microwave background radiation, observe galaxy formation and determine what theories about the origins of the universe might be correct.

So other than spying Eden, the mission pretty low key.


Credits: ESA (Image by AOES Medialab)