After publishing the first picture last July, they are the first and highly anticipated scientific results of the Planck satellite, which have just been made public.
Party in 2009 with the aim of studying the origins of the universe through the measurement of cosmic background radiation, Planck was able to provide an image of the sky with an angular accuracy and sensitivity as yet unpublished. He becomes the first source of information to test theories about the formation of the universe and its present structure.
The new data and images captured by Planck were presented during the meeting between the Italian Space Agency (ASI) and the Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF), which was held at the UPS in Rome. The Presidents of the two bodies, and Enrico Saggese Tomaso Maccacaro, and a representative of the European Space Agency (ESA), Fabio Favata, have participated in the conference.
Enrico Saggese introduced the meeting by expressing the great satisfaction that represented the successful collaboration between ASI and research structures, INAF particular, as effective coordination between ESA and national agencies: “Our country – Saggese said – in recent years has reached a position of excellence in the field of observation and exploration of the universe near and far. The important Italian contribution to the success of the Planck mission is a confirmation “.
Maccacaro has meanwhile highlighted the successful collaboration between research organizations and industry at European level and has shown the progress of Mission: Planck completed two of the four maps of the sky set (one every six months) and is currently performing the third.
Nazzareno Mandolesi, responsible for low frequency instrument (LFI) has emphasized that Planck speak Italian. ” To achieve this important goal, the chemistry between the ASI research structures (INAF, Universita Statale di Milano, Sissa Trieste, Universita Roma Tor Vergata, CNR di Pisa, Università di Roma La Sapienza) and Italian industry ( Thales Alenia Space, Microwave Systems and Galileo) has been fundamental.
The next meeting is set from 13 to 17 February 2012 in Bologna, when the next results are available.
Press Release of the ASI: http://www.asi.it/it/eventi/convegni/planck_i_primi_risultati_sullo_studio_…
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