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WMAP—From the Archives

On June 20, 2012, Dr. Charles Bennett and the WMAP team were awarded the Gruber Cosmology Prize.

The Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) was built and launched by NASA to measure a remnant of the early universe - its oldest light. The conditions of the early times are imprinted on this light. It is the result of what happened earlier, and a backlight for the later development of the universe. This light lost energy as the universe expanded over 13.7 billion years, so WMAP now sees the light as microwaves. By making accurate measurements of microwave patterns, WMAP has answered many longstanding questions about the universe's age, composition and development.

This video from Goddard's tape archive features Dr. Bennett after the first results were announced in 2003.


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Dana Berry (Skyworks Digital): Lead Animator
Swarupa Nune (Vantage): Video Editor
Scott Wiessinger (USRA): Video Editor
Charles Bennett (Johns Hopkins University): Interviewee
Lyman Page (Princeton University): Interviewee
Scott Wiessinger (USRA): Producer
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Narrated Movies
Astrophysics Features

Goddard TV Tape:
G2012-072 -- WMAP Archival Video

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GCMD >> Earth Science >> Spectral/Engineering >> Microwave >> Microwave Imagery
SVS >> Astrophysics
SVS >> Cosmology
SVS >> Big Bang
SVS >> Universe
SVS >> Edited Feature
SVS >> Space
SVS >> Interview
DLESE >> Narrated
NASA Science >> Universe

GCMD keywords can be found on the Internet with the following citation: Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version