A space-based telescope studying the universe in infrared light, the European Space Agency's Herschel mission is responsible for numerous findings about dark matter, galaxies and other cosmic mysteries.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory contributed key technology to two of Herschel's three detector instruments and makes important contributions to data and science analyses. The entire mission is a collaboration of 10 countries and more than 40 organizations.
August 2011: The Herschel Space Observatory's large telescope and state-of-the-art infrared detectors provide the first confirmed finding of oxygen molecules in space -- discovered in the Orion star-forming complex.
- Photoconductor Array Camera and Spectrometer (PACS)
- Spectral and Photometric Imaging Receiver (SPIRE)
- Heterodyne Instrument for the Far-Infrared (HIFI)