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Objectives

Herschel's primary objectives are to:

  • Study the formation of galaxies in the early Universe and their subsequent evolution
  • Investigate the creation of stars and their interaction with the interstellar medium
  • Observe the chemical composition of the atmospheres and surfaces of comets, planets and satellites in our Solar System
  • Examine the molecular chemistry of the Universe

With its ability to observe across the far infrared and sub-millimetre wavelengths (55 - 672 µm), Herschel will furnish observation data that has previously been unobtainable.


Last Update: 20 December 2010

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