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March 21, 2013  –  Planck Mission Brings Universe into Sharp Focus

The Planck space mission has released the most accurate and detailed map ever made of the oldest light in the universe, revealing new information about its age, contents and origins. Full story...

Planck and the CMB map
Artist's rendering of the Planck spacecraft over a map of the cosmic microwave background observed by Planck. (Spacecraft image: ESA and the Planck Collaboration - D. Ducros)


March 21, 2013  –  Supercomputer Helps Planck Mission Expose Ancient Light

How do scientists extract ancient light from the sky? Like archeologists digging for fossils, they carefully sift through foreground material to reveal their prize. Full story...

Planck's Super-Duper Computer
The Cray XE6 supercomputer, named for computer scientist Grace Hopper, at the Department of Energy's National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, Calif. (Image courtesy Lawrence Berkeley National Lab - Roy Kaltschmidt, photographer)


March 19, 2013  –  NASA to Hold News Teleconference to Discuss Planck Cosmology Findings

NASA will host a news teleconference at 8 a.m. PDT (11 a.m. EDT), Thursday, March 21, to discuss the first cosmology results from Planck. Full story...

The Planck Spacecraft
Artist's rendering of the Planck spacecraft. (Spacecraft image: ESA/AOES Medialab; Background: J. Arballo/JPL)


November 20, 2012  –  Planck Spots Colossal Intergalactic Bridge

Astronomers have discovered a 'bridge' of hot gas connecting the galaxy clusters Abell 399 and 401. At least part of this gas might derive from the warm-hot intergalactic medium   the elusive web of gaseous filaments pervading the Universe. Full story...

Bridge of hot gas between galaxy clusters Abell 399 and Abell 401
Bridge of hot gas between galaxy clusters Abell 399 and Abell 401 (Image Credits: ESA Planck Collaboration (Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect, in orange); STScI Digitized Sky Survey (optical image))


February 13, 2012  –  Planck All-sky Images Show Cold Gas and Strange Haze

New images from the Planck mission show previously undiscovered islands of star formation and a mysterious haze of microwave emissions in our Milky Way galaxy. Full story...

Clumps of Cold Stuff Across the Sky
All-sky image of molecular gas and three molecular cloud complexes seen by Planck (Image credit: ESA/Planck Collaboration)


January 11, 2011  –  Planck Mission Peels Back Layers of the Universe

The Planck mission released a new data catalogue Tuesday from initial maps of the entire sky. The catalogue includes thousands of never-before-seen dusty cocoons where stars are forming, and some of the most massive clusters of galaxies ever observed. Full story...

Clumps of Cold Stuff Across the Sky
Clumps of Cold Stuff Across the Sky (Image credit: ESA/NASA/JPL-Caltech)


July 6, 2010  –  Planck Takes it All In

A new image from the Planck mission shows what it's been up to for the past year – surveying the entire sky for clues to our universal origins. Full story...

Planck's view of the whole sky
Planck's view of the whole sky. (Image credit: ESA, HFI & LFI consortia (2010))


April 26, 2010  –  Planck Sees a Cold and Stormy Orion

The big hunter in the sky is seen in a new light by Planck. Full story...

Planck's view of Orion
Planck's view of Orion. (Image credit: ESA/LFI & HFI Consortia)


March 17, 2010  –  PLANCK IMAGES GALACTIC WEB OF COLD DUST

Tendrils of the coldest stuff in our galaxy can be seen in a new image from Planck. Full story...

Tendrils of Cold Dust
Planck images a galactic web of cold dust. (Image credit: ESA and the HFI Consortium, IRAS)


August 13, 2009  –  Planck Collecting Data

Planck Sees Light Billions of Years Old Full story...

Simulated cosmic microwave background data. (Image Credit: ESA)
Simulated cosmic microwave background data. (Image Credit: ESA)


May 14, 2009  –  JPL News Release

Herschel and Planck on Way to Study Our Cosmic Roots Full story...

The Herschel and Planck spacecraft launched on May 14, 2009, from the Guiana Space Centre in French Guiana. (Photos: ESA-CNES-Arianespace / Optique Vidéo du CSG)
The Herschel and Planck spacecraft launched on May 14, 2009, from the Guiana Space Centre in French Guiana. (Photos: ESA-CNES-Arianespace / Optique Vidéo du CSG)


May 5, 2009  –  JPL News Release

Two missions to study the cosmos, Herschel and Planck, are scheduled to blast into space May 14 aboard the same Ariane 5 rocket from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana. Full story...

April 28, 2009  –  New Launch Date Set

Arianespace and ESA have agreed on a new launch date of May 14, 2009 for Planck and Herschel. The launch had been postponed for several days to allow for additional tests. More information...

April 20, 2009  –  Planck Launch Delayed

Due to an anomaly discovered during pre-launch tests, Arianespace has decided to delay the May 6, 2009 launch of Planck and Herschel. A new launch date will be announced soon. More information...

April 8, 2009  –  Planck Launch Date Set

ESA and Arianespace have agreed on a new launch date for Planck and Herschel. The decision was made to delay the original launch date of April 16, in order to perform additional checks of the Herschel telescope. With the flight-worthiness of the telescope confirmed, the launch will proceed on May 6, 2009. More information...

An Ariane 5 ECA launched on August 14, 2008. (Photo: ESA-CNES-Arianespace/Photo Optique Video CSG)
An Ariane 5 ECA launched on August 14, 2008. (Photo: ESA-CNES-Arianespace/Photo Optique Video CSG)


February 23, 2009  –  Planck Arrives at Launch Pad

The Planck spacecraft has arrived at the Centre Spatial Guyanais in Kourou, French Guiana, where it is scheduled to be launched atop an Ariane 5 rocket on April 16. The spacecraft arrived from Belgium via an Antonov An-124 cargo plane on February 19. It will be launched together with the Herschel spacecraft, though the two missions will separate shortly after launch and operate independently from each other.

Planck loaded onto the cargo plane.
The Planck spacecraft in its transport container, loaded inside the Antonov cargo plane at Liège airport, Belgium, in preparation for a flight to Rochambeau airport, French Guiana. (Image credit: ESA/Thales)


Planck transferred onto truck transport.
After arrival at Rochambeau airport, the transport container carrying the Planck spacecraft was loaded onto a truck for transport to Centre Spatial Guyanais. (Image credit: ESA/Thales)


A view of Planck.
The Planck spacecraft - looking into the telescope enclosure (Image credit: ESA/Thales)


Planck is a European Space Agency mission, with significant participation from NASA. NASA's Planck Project Office is based at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. NASA contributed mission-enabling technology for both of Planck's science instruments. U.S. and European Planck scientists will work together to analyze the Planck data.

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