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Artist Concept of the Rocket Carrying Herschel and Planck
artist concept of Herschel and Planck separating from rocket after launch

An Ariane 5 rocket will carry Herschel and Planck into space. The launcher's solid rocket boosters will separate from the upper stage approximately 2.5 minutes after launch, and the fairing will come off about 4 minutes after launch. Following this first Herschel, and then Planck, will separate from the upper stage.

Image credit: ESA – D. Ducros 2009

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