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Friday, June 19, 2009

Witness in Space: Looking God in the Eye

Europe's new Herschel space observatory has provided a demonstration of its capability with a first image of the iconic Whirlpool Galaxy.

The billion-euro telescope opened its "eyes" to the cosmos last Sunday when a command was given to lift a protective hatch covering the instrument bay.

Herschel spied the galaxy, also known as M61, with its Photoconductor Array Camera and Spectrometer (PACS).

link: BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | Herschel gives glimpse of power


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