Herschel satellite has functionned during 1446 days in space
(EADS Astrium: 2005-2006)
PACS is one of three science instruments for ESA‟s Herschel Space Observatory. It operates either as an imaging photometer or an integral field spectrometer over the spectral band from 57 to 210 μm. PACS is designed, built and operated by a consortium of institutes and university departments from across Europe under the leadership of Principal Investigator Albrecht Poglitsch located at Max-Planck-Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Garching, Germany. Consortium members are: Austria: UVIE; Belgium: IMEC, KUL, CSL; France: CEA, OAMP; Germany: MPE, MPIA; Italy: IFSI, OAP/OAT, OAA/CAISMI, LENS, SISSA; Spain: IAC. The contributions of the CSL are the diffraction grating mechanism, the detector and mechanism controllers and the warm interconnecting harness. The Herschel observatory has been successfully launched with an Ariane 5 from Kourou on 14 May 2009. PACS is now performing routine operations until February/March 2013 when Herschel will run out of helium, precluding any further observing.
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