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Planck telescope set for switch-off

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Planck telescope set for switch-off

The process of disposing of the Planck space telescope has begun.

The satellite, which mapped the "oldest light" in the Universe in unprecedented detail, has completed its mission and will be turned off in two weeks' time..

It is currently some 1.6 million km from Earth, where it is undergoing some final engineering tests.

European Space Agency controllers will initiate a big burn on Planck's thrusters on Wednesday, pushing it away from the planet into a separate orbit.

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