HERSCHEL SPACE OBSERVATORY - ARCHIVE BLOG
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09-04-01 - Launch - ?? days. A public announcement about the launch will be made tomorrow.
09-04-02 - Launch - ?? days. So, today the information that we received in confidence yesterday has been confirmed by the public announcement
09-04-03 - Launch - ?? days. Today followed the pattern of yesterday
09-04-04 - Launch - ?? days. A quiet, relaxing, quite normal day… for a change
09-04-05 - Launch - ?? days. Today, finally, I have had the first day since Monday when I felt reasonably human.
09-04-06 - Launch - ?? days. This afternoon was dedicated to more than four hours interviewing three candidates for the Planck
09-04-07 - Launch - ?? days. In the morning the Planck interviews were closed-out by interviewing the last candidate
09-04-08 - Launch - 28 days. Around midday the Boss came round the offices to say that we had unofficial word, although backed-up by two independent reports.
09-04-09 - Launch - 27 days. Blesséd sleep!
09-04-10 - Launch - 26 days. Today the most strenuous thing that I did was to search for somewhere to buy fruit and vegetables on a bitterly cold morning with a frigid wind and spitting rain
09-04-11 - Launch - 25 days. Still no news
09-04-12 - Launch - 24 days. Ignored my email all day
09-04-13 - Launch - 23 days. This was a tough way to start after a break! 09-04-14 - Launch - 22 days.
09-04-14 - Launch - 22 days. Yesterday, at this same time, I was leaving work in brilliant sunshine
09-04-15 - Launch - 21 days. Three weeks to go
09-04-16 - Launch - 20 days. Tomorrow that “2” will change to a “1”
09-04-17 - Launch - 19 days. In the morning the ecstasy of seeing “19”
09-04-18 - Launch - 19 days and Holding. Saturday morning and the usual round of business
09-04-19 - Launch - 19 days and Holding. Our analysis over lunch yesterday was that our friends from Planck will be the only people happy with the launch delay.
09-04-20 - Launch - 19 days and Holding. It has been a long day
09-04-21 - Launch - 19 days and Holding. Today has been one of the toughest days that I have had for a long time
09-04-22 - Launch - 19 days and Holding. We were expecting some kind of statement from Arianespace yesterday
09-04-23 - Launch - 19 days and Holding. My particular part of the test has ended for a day or so
09-04-24 - Launch - 19 days and Holding. My tyre was still hard in the morning
09-04-25 - Launch - 19 days and Holding. This morning I really felt too tired to do anything much
09-04-26 - Launch - 19 days and Holding. An early start on a really miserable day
09-04-27 - Launch - 19 days and Holding. After the frenetic activity of the last two weeks,
09-04-28 - Launch - 16 days and Counting. The “relaxed” period lasted less than one day. Here we go again!
09-04-29 - Launch - 15 days and Counting. We are about to enter the last two weeks before launch
09-04-30 - Launch - 14 days and Counting. The last two weeks. This has hit home
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