While data has only just started to flow from Herschel, since these space missions take more than a decade to build, we’re already working on the next steps. These are all being done in the context of the ESA ‘Cosmic Visions’ programme.
There was an important meeting yesterday in Paris where the six remaining candidates had their chance in the spotlight.
The Herschel successor mission, SPICA, seems to be doing rather well, as it is the only one of the six missions whose budget is well within the limits.
A report on the meeting is available at BBC News Online.