ESA ends mission for Planck space observatory

10/24/2013 | Space.com

The European Space Agency bid adieu Wednesday to the Planck space observatory, ending its mission to search for cosmic microwave background, the oldest light in the universe that was created 380,000 years after the Big Bang. The space telescope, which launched in 2009, created the most accurate map of the cosmic microwave background to date, helping scientists determine that the universe is 100 million years older than once thought.

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