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Planck Mission Exposes Ancient Light With Help From Supercomputer
2013-03-21 13:31:52

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Like archeologists carefully digging for fossils, scientists with the Planck mission are sifting through cosmic clutter to find the most ancient light in the universe. The Planck space telescope has created the most precise sky map ever made of the oldest light known, harking back to the dawn of time. This light, called the cosmic microwave background, has traveled 13.8 billion years to reach us. It is so faint that Planck observes every point on the sky...

ESA's Planck Space Mission Creates Highly-Detailed Map Of The Universe
2013-03-21 12:44:54

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Using technologies contributed by NASA, the European Space Agency's (ESA) Planck space mission has provided the most accurate and detailed map made of the oldest light in the Universe. Results from Planck are giving a more detailed look into our Universe's history than ever before. The map suggests that the Universe is expanding more slowly and is 100 million years older than scientists previously thought. The data also shows...

2013-03-20 10:25:59

NASA will host a news teleconference at 11 a.m. EDT, Thursday, March 21, to discuss the first cosmology results from Planck, a European Space Agency mission with significant NASA participation. Planck launched into space in 2009 and has been scanning the skies ever since, mapping cosmic microwave background, or the afterglow, of the theoretical big bang that created the universe more than 13 billion years ago. NASA contributed mission-enabling technology for both of Planck's science...

Hot Gas Bridging Galaxy Cluster Pair Spotted By Plank
2012-11-20 10:46:32

ESA ESA´s Planck space telescope has made the first conclusive detection of a bridge of hot gas connecting a pair of galaxy clusters across 10 million light-years of intergalactic space. Planck´s primary task is to capture the most ancient light of the cosmos, the Cosmic Microwave Background, or CMB. As this faint light traverses the Universe, it encounters different types of structure including galaxies and galaxy clusters — assemblies of hundreds to thousands of...

2012-06-13 10:36:55

Theories of the primordial Universe predict the existence of knots in the fabric of space - known as cosmic textures - which could be identified by looking at light from the cosmic microwave background (CMB), the relic radiation left over from the Big Bang. Using data from NASA's Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) satellite, researchers from UCL, Imperial College London and the Perimeter Institute have performed the first search for textures on the full sky, finding no evidence...

NASA Extends Kepler, Spitzer, Planck Missions
2012-04-06 04:08:16

NASA is extending three missions affiliated with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. -- Kepler, the Spitzer Space Telescope and the U.S. portion of the European Space Agency's Planck mission -- as a result of the 2012 Senior Review of Astrophysics Missions. The 2012 NASA Senior Review report, which includes these three missions and six others also being extended, is available at: http://science.nasa.gov/astrophysics/2012-senior-review/ . "This means scientists can continue...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) -- The Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) was launched on June 30, 2001 at 3:46 p.m. EDT at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, USA. The goal of WMAP was to map out minute differences in the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) radiation which would help test theories of the nature of the universe. On February 11, 2003, the public relations group from NASA made a press release regarding the age and composition of the universe....

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