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This all boils down to the IR telescope pictures, probably from the Herschel telescope launched in 2009,
Here is a blog i wrote at the time...
March 8, 2009
Shake before use!
Was the headline in my paper this morning, as i was comfortably enjoying my post-breakfast goodfeel vibes.
The weekend science section, to be exact.
Mostly it's old topics, high school textbook stuff. But today was about the Herschel IR Telescope, due to be launched from French Guyana mid
Throwing this 3 1/2 ton lump of technology into space will be the job of Ariane 5,
ESA's V2 on steroids. A nice bit of kit. Like an old Mustang, pure muscle.
Payloads of 10 tons are possible with this baby. At least it's reliable! (sorry NASA).
Like an old mustang, it will shake & vibrate the hell out of anything on board.
Thus, testing is thorough here at Noordwijk, where the satellite was 'shaken, not stirred'and even subject to simulated 'rocket noise' from massive
speakers.(could have got Metallica for half the price!)
Already in Fr. G. it's in the final prep stages.
The telescope, with it's 3.5 metre reflector, is specially made for looking through dust clouds etc, in the Infrared spectrum, the instruments must be
as near as possible to Absolute zero (-273k) they are that sensitive to heat.
Average cost: a measly 1 million Euro's per day (in space) with a mission lifetime of 3 1/2 years.
This is quite a bundle!
So what are they looking for? They are a bit vague on the subject, going on about Dark matter, big bang secrets of universe blah blah.
I reckon they are pointing it south, just past the Sun, to get a good glimpse of 'planet x' , 'nibiru' or whatever name it has these days.
Just before it does a close 'flyby', causing huge disruptions to Earth.
Just an idea.
Have a nice day!
So why isn't the Herschel mentioned here? Yes i know they showed a pic of the satellite, but no name to source it. As i understand it, the photo's are
managed by the company that built the satellite, sorry forgot the name
Here's the wiki LINK
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