HERSCHEL SPACE OBSERVATORY - ARCHIVE BLOG
(Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the personal opinions of the author and should not be identified with those of Herschel, or of the European Space Agency in any way, shape or form.)
09-03-01 - Launch - 46 days.There is still an eerie calm at weekends
09-03-02 - Launch - 45 days. At times today it has been impossible to avoid watching the progress of construction in the carpark.
09-03-03 - Launch - 44 days. Today started in a rather alarming manner and I don’t mean by opening the blinds and seeing rain outside
09-03-04 - Launch - 43 days. A lot has been happening.
09-03-05 - Launch - 42 days. The launch countdown has reached a very significant day
09-03-06 - Launch - 41 days, Today a second instrument has passed its tests and pre-launch review
09-03-07 - Launch - 40 days, I wish that I could regale you with a tale of how Herschel’s golfers helped us to a magnificent victory over the NASA team today.
09-03-08 - Launch - 39 days. A completely normal, quiet day at home.
09-03-09 - Launch - 38 days. That number certainly jumps down over the weekend
09-03-10 - Launch - 37 days. The smile on out long-suffering Development Manager’s face in the cafeteria this morning said it all
09-03-11 - Launch - 36 days. Yesterday I forgot to recount and incident riding home last night on the bike
09-03-12 - Launch - ?? days. An unsatisfactory day has had a thoroughly unsatisfactory end
09-03-13 - Launch - ?? days. This was not one of my better days, at least initially, although it ended well.
09-03-14 - Launch - ?? days. That has been an excellent day
09-03-15 - Launch - ?? days. Another weekend, another working day
09-03-16 - Launch - ?? days. This was the morning after the weekend before
09-03-17 - Launch - ?? days. This has been an interesting and exciting day
09-03-18 - Launch - ?? days. Today we have had a couple of pieces of news that make it obvious that the prospective date that we had been given for the launch
09-03-19 - Launch - ?? days. Every day a new adventure
09-03-20 - Launch - ?? days. The daily dose of intrigue over the launch date took a new twist today
09-03-21 - Launch - ?? days. It looks like the countdown will resume very soon if nothing unexpected happens
09-03-22 - Launch - ?? days. This has been a relaxingly intense day
09-03-23 - Launch - ?? days. The end of the test
09-03-24 - Launch - ?? days. We are told that an announcement on launch is imminent in the next day or two
09-03-25 - Launch - ?? days. Last night I started to read the book “The Right Stuff” by Tom Wolffe
09-03-26 - Launch - ?? days. I spent most of my afternoon wrestling with the minutes of yesterday afternoon’s Videocon with the instrument managers about plans for the third simulations campaign
09-03-27 - Launch - ?? days. Finally, the weekend is arriving
09-03-28 - Launch - ?? days. We are told that a launch decision will be announced on Monday afternoon
09-03-29 - Launch - ?? days. There is not a lot of point in setting the clock forward and carefully setting the alarm and then not switching on the alarm!
09-03-30 - Launch - ?? days. The plot thickens in the Herschel launch mystery
09-03-31 - Launch - ?? days. It seems that our suspicions were well founded: “Houston we have a problem”
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