The ESA Planck satellite observatory, under the leadership of Jean-Loup Puget and Nazzareno Mandolesi, collected data from the Cosmic Microwave Background at an unprecedented level of accuracy. Those observations provide virtually irrefutable evidence in support of the standard model of the universe on the smallest to the largest scales.
“The Planck project has made definitive measurements of the properties of our expanding universe. This stunning achievement was the result of a large group effort, and we are pleased to recognize both the Planck team as a whole and its principal science team leaders. ” Says Robert Kennicutt, University of Arizona, Chair of the Selection Advisory Board to the Prize