Herschel and Planck launch campaign
On 14 May at 13:12:02 UT (15:12:02 CEST) the Herschel and Planck spacecraft lifted off on board an Ariane 5 ECA from the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. After the flawless launch the two spacecraft separated and embarked on their individual journeys to L2.
The Herschel-Planck launch campaign is covered by a number of ESA web sites. Links to the latest articles from all of these web sites, along with links to related sites can be found on this page.
Replays of the Ariane launch can be watched on the ESA mogulus channel, and on the Arianespace webcast pages:
The events around the two spacecraft as they were prepared for launch, from arrival at Kourou up to the mating with the launcher, are covered in detail in the following journal entries.
See also the special launch website at ESA Space Science, which hosts news around the launch event.