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Herschel Science and Legacy - brochure

Herschel Science and Legacy - brochure

Publication date: 09 May 2019

Year: 2019

Copyright: ESA

This brochure summarises the Herschel mission and its science achievements to date, capturing the basis for the science yet to come and its enduring legacy.

The European Space Agency's Herschel Space Observatory flew the largest single mirror ever built for a space telescope. At 3.5-metres in diameter the mirror collected long-wavelength radiation from some of the coldest and most distant objects in the Universe. In addition, Herschel was the only space observatory to cover a spectral range from the far infrared to sub-millimetre.

The Herschel mission leaves behind a lasting legacy in the form of a treasure trove of data, thousands of scientific papers, and a new generation of astronomers whose professional lives have been formed by working on this remarkable endeavour.


  • Foreword
  • The other half of the light
  • Tools of the trade
  • The Herschel mission
  • Gathering the light
  • The infrared Universe
  • Origins
  • Engines of star formation
  • From dust to planets
  • The water trail
  • An international enterprise
  • A lasting legacy

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