The Herschel space observatory is a scientific mission of the European Space Agency (ESA). The space telescope is dedicated
to the study of the cold universe by performing astronomical observations in the far infrared and submillimetre parts of the
electromagnetic spectrum. The Gould Belt guaranteed time key programmes for the study of star formation with the PACS and SPIRE instruments
focus on imaging star-forming regions in the Gould Belt. Regions such Taurus, rho-Ophiuchi will
be studied. 460 hours are devoted to this programme.
Gould Belt Key Programme