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Lowering Herschel to Ground Support Stand

Lowering Herschel to Ground Support Stand


Date: 07 January 2009
Satellite: Herschel
Depicts: Flight model spacecraft attached to overhead crane
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 shows Herschel being lowered from a platform at the top of the LSS after the spacecraft was lifted through the top opening of the LSS chamber. 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
7-Dec-2021 05:03 UT

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