Today in Space History- RIP Hershel

Today in Space History- RIP Hershel

This page is about historic developments in space exploration, both recent and highlights from the past. I’ll try to keep up-to date whenever there is an exciting development with the Curiosity Rover, the International Space Station, or the new Orion space mission, but at the very least, I’ll use this page to commemorate developments in science, astronomy, and the space race!

Today In Space History: RIP Hershel

Image of Hershel observatory and the Vela C Molecular Cloud, July 2012

Image of Hershel observatory and the Vela C Molecular Cloud, July 2012

Today was the last day of the Space Observatory Hershel’s 3 year mission. The space observatory helped shape our understanding of how our universe was formed, and spectacular images of the birth of stars. Hershel called it quits when it lost the liquid coolant it needed to keep its delicate instruments working.

The European Space Agency has released an incredible archive of images from Hershel, which you can access here:

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