Solar Orbiter will venture closer to the Sun than any previous mission (Image: ESA)
ESA's Euclid mission is designed to help unravel the mysteries of dark matter (Image: ESA, NASA, J.-P. Kneib (Observatoire Midi-PyrÃ©nÃ©es) and R. Ellis (Caltech))
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 EUCLID space mission will study the accelerated expansion of the Universe (Image: ESA)
ESA's Solar Orbiter will go closer to the Sun than any other mission to study the driving force behind solar activity
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.
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