{mosimage}news source: Esa Press Office

Today, ESA’s Planck satellite was on display for media gathered in Cannes. The press event took place by the facility of Alcatel Alenia Space, Prime Contractor for building the satellite. Special guest was [[George Smoot]], Nobel Prize for Physics in 2006 for his research on the Cosmic Microwave background.

{mosimage}The press event was marked by the special participation of George F. Smoot (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California, USA), Nobel prize for Physics in 2006 together with John C. Mather (NASA), for their discovery of the blackbody form and anisotropy of the Cosmic Background Radiation – Planck’s object of study. Planck is Europe’s first mission to study the relic radiation from the Big Bang. Ever since the detection of small fluctuations in the temperature of this radiation, announced in late 1992, astronomers have used the fluctuations to understand both the origin of the Universe and the formation of galaxies.

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