The Herschel Space Observatory and the Planck Surveyor, launched May 14th on a single Ariane 5 rocket, will peer deeply into dust clouds and map the microwave background.
We learn about space by going there. During the Space Age humanity has launched dozens of missions, sending orbiters to Mars and wayfarers such as Voyager 1, Voyager 2, and New Horizons on grand odysseys to the farthest reaches of the solar system. We also peer far beyond using the Hubble Space Telescope and other high-tech space observatories to look at distant stars and galaxies, stretching our vision to span every wavelength band of light, from radio to gamma ray. Here, you’ll find the news about our endeavors in space. Whether it be the latest planetary mission, a new space telescope, or the future of space exploration, we’ll keep you up to speed on where our spacecraft are and what they’re doing.