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Lifting Herschel from the Large Space Simulator

Lifting Herschel from the Large Space Simulator

Date: 07 January 2009
Satellite: Herschel
Depicts: Top view of flight model spacecraft in the LSS
Location: ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands
Copyright: ESA

In December 2008, the Herschel flight model spacecraft successfully completed the last series of environmental tests inside the Large Space Simulator (LSS). On 8 January 2009 Herschel was removed from the LSS.

This image is a top view of the spacecraft in the LSS, with the three arms of the Herschel Vertical Lifting Device (HVLD) being attached to the spacecraft. The overhead crane later lifted Herschel out of the LSS.

The telescope is covered by a protective foil to protect the contamination sensitive surface of the telescope's primary mirror.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
2-Dec-2021 07:27 UT

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