Processing flow and integration are proceeding…

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Herschel’s Ariane 5 ECA has been handed over to Arianespace for the next stage of the spacecraft/booster integration.

Herschels Ariane 5 ECA booster at Kourou

Herschel's Ariane 5 ECA booster at Kourou

Herschel itself is continuing its processing flow at Kourou ahead of its integration with the booster:

The Herschel spacecraft in the S1B clean room at Europe’s launch site (CSG) in Kourou, French Guiana. A protective foil is draped over the satellite to protect Herschel’s giant primary mirror from contamination.

The Herschel spacecraft in the S1B clean room at Europe’s launch site (CSG) in Kourou, French Guiana. A protective foil is draped over the satellite to protect Herschel’s giant primary mirror from contamination.

And you can see Herschel’s fellow traveler to space, Planck in the corner of the clean room……

Herschel and Planck in the clean room at Kourou.

Herschel and Planck in the clean room at Kourou.

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