Planck preparing for launch

The Planck Surveyor, the European Space Agency’s satellite-borne microwave background telescope, is preparing for launch on April 16.  Andrew Jaffe has some pictures of the preparations.

Planck will map the microwave background with finer resolution than NASA’s WMAP satellite.  It’ll also cover a considerably broader range of frequencies.  This is helpful in separating the microwave background from other, more local sources of radiation.

I think I’m still officially a member of the Planck team in some sense, although I haven’t done any real work on it.

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