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Planck: Mission Status Summary

Last update: October 24, 2013.

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Major achieved milestones

DateEvent
May 14 2009 Planck is launched, on an Ariane 5 rocket from ESA's Spaceport in French Guiana, into its planned trajectory towards L2.
July 3 2009 Planck arrives at L2 and its payload and all the spacecraft subsystems work at nominal temperatures.
August 13 2009 Planck starts its first all sky survey after successfully concluding its commissioning phase.
September 17 2009 Planck yields promising results. Visit the first Planck post launch press release and more in depth.
December 23 2009 Pre-release of Planck's internal archive for scientific exploitation within the Planck collaboration.
December 29 2009 A set of 21 pre-launch papers reporting on technical aspects concerning the Planck LFI are published by JINST.
January 15 2010 ESA approves an extension of Planck operations by 12 months. Planck is scheduled to continuously acquire high-quality science data until the end of 2011.
February 14 2010 Planck starts its second all sky survey after successfully concluding its first survey.
March 1 2010 First data release of Planck's internal archive for scientific exploitation within the Planck collaboration.
March 17 2010 New Planck images trace cold dust and reveal large-scale structure in the Milky Way. Visit the second Planck post launch press release.
April 26 2010 Planck highlights the complexity of star formation. Visit the third Planck post launch press release.
April 26 2010 Planck LFI completes coverage of 100% of the sky.
May 28 2010 Planck HFI completes coverage of 100% of the sky.
July 5 2010 ESA’s Planck mission delivers its first all-sky image. Visit the fourth Planck post launch press release. And check Planck's first all-sky image on Chromoscope.
August 14 2010 Planck starts its third all sky survey after successfully concluding its second survey.
August 17 2010 Second data release of Planck's internal archive for scientific exploitation within the Planck collaboration.
September 15 2010 A set of Planck pre-launch papers appears on a special feature of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Vol. 520 (September-October 2010).
September 15 2010 Planck's first glimpse at galaxy clusters and a new supercluster. Visit the fifth Planck post launch press release.
November 26 2010 Planck successfully ends its 15 months nominal mission, and starts its extended mission. Planck is planned to continue surveying the sky until the exhaustion of its cryogenic consumables.
January 11 2011 ESA and the Planck Collaboration deliver to the public the Early Release Compact Source Catalogue, together with a set of 25 scientific papers.
February 14 2011 Planck starts its fourth all sky survey after successfully concluding its third survey.
June 7 2011 Planck detects, and XMM-Newton confirms, an exceptionally X-ray luminous and massive galaxy cluster at z~1. Get to know more on arXiv astro-ph.
July 21 2011 Third data release of Planck's internal archive for scientific exploitation within the Planck collaboration.
July 29 2011 Planck starts its fifth all sky survey after successfully concluding its fourth survey. Planck has been acquiring high-quality science data for more than 100 weeks, the spacecraft remains extremely healthy, and operations continue flawlessly.
August 4 2011 Planck, Swift, and Fermi release simultaneous observations of X-ray and gamma-ray selected blazars. Get to know more on arXiv astro-ph.
December 1 2011 A collection of 26 articles presents the 1st year of operations of Planck; the performance of its payload; the Early Release Compact Source Catalogue (ERCSC), and the first scientific results covering both galactic and extragalactic sources.
December 23 2011 Further results from the ongoing XMM-Newton follow-up of Planck clusters, detailing X-ray observations of 11 candidates, are made available on arXiv astro-ph.
January 14 2012 Planck’s HFI completes its survey of early Universe. The sensor ran out of coolant on January 14 2012 as expected, ending its ability to detect this faint energy. Read full story.
January 30 2012 Planck-LFI starts its sixth all sky survey.
January 31 2012 ESA and the Planck Collaboration have released a revised version of the ERCSC.
February 8 2012 Planck completes 1000 days in space.
February 13 2012 Planck releases all-sky images of distribution of carbon monoxide, and of a mysterious Galactic Haze. Read full story.
February 13 2012 Planck releases intermediate results focussed on Galactic and extragalactic science. See Planck publications.
March 21 2013 Planck 2013 results are made public.
August 14 2013 Planck's departure manoeuvre was successfully executed.
October 4 2013 End of routine operations, and start of Planck's decommissioning activities.
October 23 2013 The final command to the Planck satellite was sent on 23 October 2013, marking the end of operations.

Website links

The ESA, HFI, LFI, JPL/Caltech, MPA, and UK Planck websites provide a lot of information on the mission. Entries of commentary on Planck can be found on Andrew Jaffe's blog and blogging the Planck Mission. Planck can be followed on twitter, and on a social networking website.

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