Call for Media: First cosmology results from ESA’s Planck mission

Artist's impression of the Planck spacecraft
Artist's impression of the Planck spacecraft
13 March 2013

Media representatives are invited to a briefing on the first cosmology data release from ESA’s Planck mission. The new results include Planck’s first all-sky map of the cosmic microwave background.

The media briefing is being organised by the European Space Agency at Headquarters, 8-10 rue Mario Nikis in Paris, on 21 March 2013, 10:00–12:00 CET. Doors open at 09:30 CET.

There will be an additional session in the afternoon, 14:00–15:45 CET, for the scientific community and science journalists.

Planck was launched in May 2009 and its first all-sky image, including emissions from our own Milky Way galaxy, was presented in July 2010. The first scientific dataset was released in January 2011.

After years of painstaking work, scientists have now been able to remove the bright foreground emissions that lie between us and the Universe’s first light. This light was imprinted on the sky when the Universe was just 380 000 years old and seen today as the cosmic microwave background.

Planck’s map of the cosmic microwave background over the whole sky is the best ever made. By analysing it in detail, scientists have made important findings about the composition and evolution of the Universe from its birth to the present day and beyond. These results will be presented at the media briefing.

Media representatives wishing to attend the event are requested to register at http://www.esa.int/media-event-planck-2013

Programme

Planck’s Cosmic Microwave Background map Media Briefing, 21 March 2013
ESA Headquarters
8–10 rue Mario Nikis
75738 Paris Cedex 15

Room A

Programme

9:30     Doors open 

10:00   Jean-Jacques Dordain, ESA Director General
             Planck’s Cosmic Microwave Background map

10:15   George Efstathiou, Director of the Kavli Institute for Cosmology, University of Cambridge
             Cosmological results derived from Planck’s Cosmic Microwave Background map

10:45   Questions & Answers
             Opportunity for individual interviews

12:00   End of programme

The briefing will be broadcast on the ESA portal at www.esa.int.

The science briefing in the afternoon will be broadcast at the ESA Space Science Portal at www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science.

For further information, please contact:

ESA Media Relations Office
Email: media@esa.int
Tel: +33 1 53 69 72 99
Fax: +33 1 53 69 76 90

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