The European Space Agency (ESA) is developing to dispose of an upcoming satellite with the business launch service provider Arianespace. The most significant goal of the satellite is to examine the Universe’s expansion by researching the dark matter and dark energy.
The new project has been titled Euclid after the well-known Greek father of geometry and mathematician from Alexandria. Teaming up with France-based business partner Arianespace, the ESA wants to launch the Euclid, most probably in 2022.
The Euclid Satellite will be launched with the project to collect data about the development of the Universe. Scientists had believed very much for decades that the Universe is led by an odd yet unknown cosmic element known as dark energy.
Apart from that, Euclid will also examine the impact of dark matter on the increase and development of astronomical features and other factors.
More About The ESA Euclid Mission And The Exploration Of Dark Energy
“Euclid will scrutinize the very nature of our Universe, shedding light on its dark side – the mysterious dark matter and dark energy – and building upon the great progress made in cosmology over the past decades, which were recently recognized with a share in this year’s Physics Nobel Prize,” stated Gunther Hasinger, the ESA’s Director of Science.
For such a project, the European Space Agency intends to launch the satellite through the Ariane 62 vehicle, made by Arianespace. The Soyuz spacecraft could be another option, as well. It will be thrust from a spaceport in French Guiana.
Stephane Israel, Arianespace’s Chief Executive Officer, detailed: “With the goal of better understanding our Universe, launching this mission aboard an Ariane 62 or Soyuz is further proof Arianespace’s ability to offer independent access to space for Europe’s ambitions.”
After liftoff, Euclid will place itself to rotate the Sun from a distance of almost 1.5 million kilometers past our planet’s orbit. Then, it will start collecting important information related to dark energy.