The University of Arizona Astronomy News 18 May 2009, 07:00 UTC The UA/Smithsonian telescope detects puny galaxies that contain perhaps as few as a thousand stars.
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope 16 May 2009, 04:15 UTC After more than five-and-a-half years of probing the cool cosmos, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has run out of the coolant that kept its infrared instruments chilled.
ESA Top News 15 May 2009, 09:44 UTC Stunning images taken from Earth and space show Herschel and Planck in flight on 14 May 2009. The first, taken from Herschel, show the Planck-Sylda composite just after Herschel's separation, about 1150 km above Africa. A second set taken from ESA's Optical Ground Station, shows Herschel, Planck, Sylda and the launcher’s upper stage long after separation, travelling together at an altitude of about 100 000 km.
NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory 14 May 2009, 17:00 UTC Activity from a supermassive black hole is responsible for the intriguing appearance of this galaxy, 3C305, located about 600 million light years away from Earth.
German Aerospace Center (DLR) 14 May 2009, 13:50 UTC The Herschel and Planck space telescopes were successfully launched from the European spaceport in Kourou at 15:12 CEST today. The satellites were carried on their way to Lagrange point L2, around 1.5 million kilometres from the Earth, by an Ariane 5 ECA launch vehicle. The two infrared telescopes are carrying high-tech German research instruments, which are financed by the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) using funds from the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Technologie; BMWi). Herschel will study extremely cold objects in galaxies while Planck will use the cosmic background radiation to examine the primordial universe. German scientists have a significant degree of involvement in these ambitious European Space Agency (ESA) missions.
ESA Top News 14 May 2009, 11:00 UTC MP3 audio recording of ESA/ESOC Flight Operations Director John Dodsworth initiating the 'GO/NO-GO' roll call in the Main Control Room at the European Space Operations Centre. The roll call confirms that all supporting teams at ESOC are ready for Herschel-Planck launch.