Herschel arriving at launch site
The Herschel observatory arrives at its launch site. Image credit: ESA/Herschel
The Herschel observatory has arrived at its launch pad at the Centre Spatial Guyanais in Kourou, French Guiana. It was shipped via an Antonov cargo plane on February 11, 2009. Both Herschel and the Planck observatory are scheduled to lift off together aboard an Ariane ECA rocket on April 16. Planck will arrive at the launch site in approximately one week.

For more information, visit the Hershel site at http://herschel.jpl.nasa.gov/ .