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Cleaning of the Telescope After Unpacking at Centre Spatial Guyanais
 
cleaning of Herschel telescope

Specialists from the EADS-Astrium Toulouse team (which built the Herschel telescope) performing the final precision cleaning of the Herschel primary mirror, in the S1B clean room at Centre Spatial Guyanais (CSG), Kourou.

Both Herschel and the Planck observatory are scheduled to lift off together aboard an Ariane ECA rocket.

Image Credit: ESA-CNES-Arianespace / Optique Vidéo du CSG

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