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News Archive: The Age of the Universe

Link to article Classy Antarctic Balloon Captures the Earliest Light of the Universe
[01 March 2001]
- TopHat, an innovative hat-shaped astronomy experiment that sits on top of a balloon, circled around the frozen continent at 120,000 feet for nearly two weeks in January, collecting light from the cosmic microwave background radiation.

Link to article MAP Launches Successfully
[3 July 2001]
- The MAP satellite is off and running on its journey to the beginning of time. NASA's Microwave Anisotropy Probe launched successfully on Saturday, June 30, at 3:46 p.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral aboard a Delta II rocket. The satellite will study the first light of the Universe -- the afterglow of the Big Bang -- from an era long before the first stars and galaxies appeared.

Link to article NASA Releases Stunning Images Of Our Infant Universe
[12 February 2003]
- NASA today released the best "baby picture" of the Universe ever taken; the image contains such stunning detail that it may be one of the most important scientific results of recent years.

Link to article Chandra Sees Shape Of Universe During Formative, Adolescent Years
[03 April 2003]
- Scientists using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory have taken a snapshot of the adolescent universe from about five billion years ago when the familiar web-like structure of galaxy chains and voids first emerged.

Link to article Most Distant X-Ray Jet Yet Discovered Provides Clues To Big Bang
[17 November 2003]
- The most distant jet ever observed was discovered in an image of a quasar made by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. Extending more than 100,000 light-years from the supermassive black hole powering the quasar, the jet of high-energy particles provides astronomers with information about the intensity of the cosmic microwave background radiation 12 billion years ago.

Link to article Ringside Seat to the Universe's First Split Second
[20 March 2006]
- You don't get much closer to the big bang than this.

Scientists peering back to the oldest light in the universe have evidence to support the concept of inflation, which poses that the universe expanded many trillion times its size faster than a snap of the fingers at the outset of the big bang.

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