Planck pre-launch status: The Planck mission
Publication date: 27 Oct 2010
Authors: Tauber, J., et al.
Journal: Astronomy and Astrophysics
A&A doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361/200912983
The Planck mission was conceived in 1992, in the wake of the release of the results from the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) satellite (Boggess et al. 1992), notably the measurement by the FIRAS instrument of the shape of the spectrum of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB), and the detection by the DMR instrument of the spatial anisotropies of the temperature of the CMB. The latter result in particular led to an explosion in the number of ground-based and suborbital experiments dedicated to mapping of the anisotropies, and to proposals for space experiments both in Europe and the USA.