Herschel and Planck cruise to L2

Herschel and Planck cruise to L2

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13/05/2009 3:42 pm

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ESA (image by AOES Medialab)

Description

Shortly after launch, Herschel and Planck will separate from the launcher’s upper stage and head independently towards their
respective orbits around the second Lagrange point of the Sun-Earth system (L2), some 1.5 million km from Earth in the
direction opposite to the Sun. It will take about 60 days for both spacecraft to reach their destination.

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