Planck Launch One Week Away

By Mark Trodden | May 7, 2009 8:46 pm

The next great step in exploring the physics of the early universe through the cosmic microwave background radiation (CMB) – the Planck Surveyor Satellite – launches one week from today! You can prepare by watching this handy primer

and watch the launch streamed live from the European Space Agency (ESA). You can also follow the mission using any number of those newfangled methods the young folk seem to be getting into – see Andrew Jaffe’s post over at Leaves on the Line for more details.

Here’s hoping it all goes off smoothly!


    Planck and Herschel!

  • nobody

    Planck is like a new born baby. It has a lot of potential to do anything, even achieve greatness. So, lets see if it live to our expectations…

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  • Gavin Polhemus

    Does anyone know what microwave oven is shown in the first minute of the video? I’m looking for a new microwave and everything I can find has a control panel with 25 cryptic buttons for functions that I will never use. I just want to heat things up. The big nonlinear time knob and the smaller power knob (labeled in actual SI units!) is just what I need.

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About Mark Trodden

Mark Trodden holds the Fay R. and Eugene L. Langberg Endowed Chair in Physics and is co-director of the Center for Particle Cosmology at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a theoretical physicist working on particle physics and gravity— in particular on the roles they play in the evolution and structure of the universe. When asked for a short phrase to describe his research area, he says he is a particle cosmologist.


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