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MAP Glimpses Universe's Rambunctious Childhood

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Science  14 Feb 2003:
Vol. 299, Issue 5609, pp. 991-993
DOI: 10.1126/science.299.5609.991a

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WASHINGTON, D.C.-- The clearest baby pictures of the universe have caught the moment at which the first stars blazed into life. The images, taken by a satellite and unveiled at NASA headquarters this week, surprised and delighted cosmologists by implying that the cosmos was swarming with activity much earlier than was previously thought.