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Last look: Herschel on top of the launcher



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Last look: Herschel on top of the launcher
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The Herschel space telescope stands on top of the Ariane 5 launch vehicle on 10 May 2009. Immediately after this picture was taken, the fairing that protected Herschel as it traveled through the atmosphere during launch was lowered over it.

Credit: ESA/CNES/Arianespace/Optique video du CSG - P. Daudon.