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The Associated Press BECOMING CLEARER? This image released on Thursday by the European Space Agency (ESA) in Paris shows from left the evolution of satellites designed to measure ancient light left over from the Big Bang that created our universe 13.8 billion years ago. The first spacecraft, launched in 1989, is NASA's Cosmic Background Explorer, or COBE on left, the second satellite the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe, or WMAP, centre, was launched in 2001 and the third satellite Planck, a European Space Agency mission with significant NASA contributions. was launched in 2009.

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