- 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.