ESA has selected the first two missions in its Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 Plan, which is designed to provide a new understanding and new views of the Universe (Image: NASA/ESA/ESO/W. Freudling (ST-ECF))
The European Space Agency (ESA) this week announced the first two missions selected for its Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 Plan. The first, known as Solar Orbiter, will see a spacecraft operating closer to the Sun than any previous mission with a particular focus on examining the solar wind. The second, Euclid, is essentially a space telescope whose primary goal is to study the accelerating expansion of the universe in an attempt to provide an understanding of the exact nature of dark matter.