Over the last 40 years space missions have allowed astronomers and cosmologists to investigate many of the mysteries of the Universe by analyzing light from stars and galaxies.
In 2019, the Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded "for contributions to our understanding of the evolution of the universe and Earth's place in the cosmos" .
Thanks to the successful European Space Agency's Planck mission, scientists are able to look back over 14 thousand million years to improve our knowledge on the origins and evolution of the Universe.
Planetek Hellas has contributed with a new tool, PLAAVI, that is assisting scientists to exploit Planck’s data and try to unlock the secrets of the cosmos.
PLAAVI is a set of added value web tools that are offered to the scientists and that permit them to perform remote processing to the Planck products which are available in the Planck Legacy Archive, which is hosted at ESAC, the European Space Astronomy Centre in Madrid. The PLAAVI is accessible through the PLANCK LEGACY ARCHIVE Website at http://pla.esac.esa.int/pla/
Planetek Hellas has been the first private company in Europe to start activities in the Science Archive of the Astronomy Centre in Madrid of the European Space Agency. This opportunity arose from the fact that Greece invested in Space and in the European Space Agency as part of the industrial policy of the country.
“At Planetek Hellas”, comments the Director Stelios Bollanos, “we're also looking to the future. In this period we are participating in another R&D related activity named BeyondPlanck, supported by HORIZON2020 (the European Program for Research and Innovation) working closely again with top notch scientists from around Europe, were we try to expand our technological know how, so as to be even more useful to the Agency and to the community in general”
The Planck legacy is a gift for future generations and further analysis will try to answer the age-old question "How did everything begin?"