Pictures of the MAP Launch

UCLA Professor Ned Wright, his former graduate students Ranga-Ram Chary & Varoujan Gorjian, and Rashid Sunyaev waiting for the MAP [Microwave Anisotropy Probe] launch on 30 June 2001.


launch sequence taken by Charles B. Rosenberg.

The image on the right was taken by a big tracking camera when MAP was many miles downrange. This image and more information can be found on the mission status page. It is possible to "see" MAP in the night sky - which is to say that with a moderate size telescope and a CCD camera you can take pictures of it. When MAP reaches the L2 point about 3 months after launch it will be much fainter than it is now.

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© 2001 Edward L. Wright. Last modified 26-Jul-2001