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Launch looms for probe that will map big bang's embers

发布时间:2019-03-06 01:07:11来源:未知点击:

By Adrian Cho NEAR the beginning there was light. And the light travelled across the expanding Universe for billions of years, carrying with it the secrets of how the cosmos began. Now, a new satellite promises the best view yet of this afterglow from the big bang. NASA will launch the Microwave Anisotropy Probe (MAP) on 30 June. The $145 million satellite will slingshot around the Moon to boost it to a point 1.5 million kilometres away called L2. Far from Earthly interference, the probe can get an uninterrupted view of the light lingering from a mere 400,