ESAC, the European Space Astronomy Centre, could describe some of their work as “putting the universe into our computers”. Based near Madrid in Spain, ESAC is an important part of the European Space Agency (ESA).
Scientists are gathering data on the characteristics of the universe – its age, its contents, how it evolved, its geometry. Once the data is gathered, then it has to be processed and archived. The information is invaluable to the international scientific community, and being stored on computers, is easily accessible and, via internet, even accessible to the general public.