Planck was selected in 1995 as the third Medium-Sized Mission (M3) of ESA's Horizon 2000 Scientific Programme, and later became part of its Cosmic Vision Programme. Planck produced its first all-sky image in 2010, and scientists are currently working to analyze and parse the various and complex elements. The oldest light in the universe, called the cosmic microwave background, as observed by the Planck space telescope is shown in the oval sky map.

This will allow us to measure the composition and evolution of the Universe better than ever before.

Planck is a European Space Agency (ESA) mission with significant contributions from NASA. Planck addressed some of the most important questions in modern science: how did the Universe begin, how did it evolve to the state we observe today, and how will it continue to evolve in the future? Acquired by ESA's Planck space telescope, ... in the Planck Collaboration to extract the cosmic microwave background from 15.5 months of data collected by Planck. [image-36] The Planck space telescope has been turned off after spending nearly 4.5 years soaking up the relic radiation from the Big Bang and studying the evolution of stars and galaxies throughout the history of the universe. Designed to study ancient radiation from the big bang, the Planck space telescope was a European Space Agency mission that aimed to better understand the origin of the universe and the formation of galaxies. An artist's concept of Planck … Planck's cosmic numbers.

The Planck satellite was launched on May 14th 2009 on a mission to measure the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) over the whole sky in finer detail and to a greater accuracy than has been possible before. The telescope has produced a new contents list for the Universe: 4.9% normal matter - atoms, the stuff from which we are all made