Agence France-PresseJune 17, 2013 15:02
The deep-space telescope Herschel took its final bow on Monday, climaxing a successful four-year mission to observe the birth of stars and galaxies, the European Space Agency (ESA) said.
The largest and most powerful infrared telescope in space, Herschel made over 35,000 scientific observations and amassed more than 25,000 hours of science data, it said.
"Herschel has been turned off," ESA director general Jean-Jacques Dordain told journalists at the Paris Air Show.
"It is not a surprise, it was expected, it was scheduled," he added.