Universe  ID: 10121

The WMAP Spacecraft

Scientists using NASA's Wilkinson Microwave Anistropy Probe (WMAP) have created the most detailed portrait of the infant Universe. By capturing the afterglow of the Big Bang, called the cosmic microwave background (CMB), we now believe the Universe to be 13.7 billion years olf. Encoded in these patterns is much-anticipated information about the fundamental properties of the early Universe. WMAP launched on June 30, 2001.
 

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Dana Berry (Skyworks Digital): Lead Animator
Michael McClare (HTSI): Writer
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WMAP
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Astrophysics Animations

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G2007-007HD

Keywords:
SVS >> HDTV
SVS >> Spacecraft
SVS >> Astrophysics
SVS >> Early Universe
SVS >> Cosmology
SVS >> Big Bang
SVS >> WMAP
NASA Science >> Universe