This proposal serves to obtain the first direct outgassing measurement of H2O from a confirmed to be active newly discovered Main Belt Comet using the HIFI instrument of Herschel.
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Herschel was launched on 14 May 2009! It is the fourth 'cornerstone' mission in the ESA science programme. With a 3.5 m Cassegrain telescope it is the largest space telescope ever launched. It is performing photometry and spectroscopy in approximately the 55-671 µm range, bridging the gap between earlier infrared space missions and groundbased facilities.