Planck (and Herschel) are ‘space science as it used to be: big and bold – and risky. Not for decades has there been so much riding on a rocket launch, literally and metaphorically.’
This makes me feel rather proud for us to be working in such a grand tradition. It’s also scary to hear that ‘if we lose Herschel and Planck, the heart of ESA’s – and arguably the world’s – space science programme would be ripped out..’
Read the rest of the article here.
(And thanks to the person who tipped me off to this article!).