Planck Mission Explores the History of Our UniverseLearn MoreFebruary 5, 2015 • News Release
Hot gas, dust and magnetic fields mingle in a colorful swirl in this new map of our Milky Way galaxy. The image is part of a new and improved data set from Planck, a European Space Agency mission in which NASA played a key role.
Planck spent more than four years observing relic radiation left over from the birth of our universe, called the cosmic microwave background. The space telescope is helping scientists better understand the history and fabric of our universe, as well as our own Milky Way.
Gravitational Waves from Early Universe Remain ElusiveLearn MoreJanuary 30, 2015 • News Release
A joint analysis of data from the Planck space mission and the ground-based experiment BICEP2 has found no conclusive evidence of gravitational waves from the birth of our universe, despite earlier reports of a possible detection. The collaboration between the teams has resulted in the most precise knowledge yet of what signals from the ancient gravitational waves should look like, aiding future searches.
Last Command Sent to Planck Space TelescopeLearn MoreOctober 23, 2013 • News Release
After nearly 4.5 years of scanning the skies for the oldest light in the universe, the Planck telescope has been switched off.
Planck Mission Brings Universe Into Sharp FocusLearn MoreMarch 21, 2013 • News Release
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.
Planck is a European Space Agency mission. NASA contributed mission-enabling technology for both of Planck's science instruments, and U.S., European and Canadian scientists work together to analyze the Planck data.