Euclid, European space telescope affected by Ukraine war, could launch in 2023

exploring the universe through euclid space telescope The European Space Agency (ESA) will join Hubble and James Webb, among others, in 2023. The initial scheduled date indicated it would be launched this year from the Kourou base in French Guiana, but the mission was slowed down following sanctions with Roscosmos (the Russian space agency) over the war with Ukraine.

The Euclid mission was to be launched on a Soyuz rocket from Roscosmos. However, ESA’s decision to cancel its projects with the Russian agency forced it to cancel all of its operations and ordered 87 employees Russian from the launch base in French Guiana if they withdraw

Despite the delay caused by the end of the relationship between Roscosmos and ESA, the Euclid mission continues and the European agency has reached an agreement with SpaceX for the launch of its telescope. New launch date according to Mark Klampin, director of NASA’s Astrophysics Division This will happen in the middle or end of next year. And, for this they will use the reusable Falcon 9 rocket.

SpaceX was not the only proposal ESA considered, as detailed by ESA Director General Joseph Eschbacher to Reuters in August. Other options being considered were rockets supplied by Japan or India, however, they acknowledged that SpaceX was “most operational”.

The Mars samples will be sent by rocket to a spacecraft and from there to Earth.

ESA could use a new generation Ariane 6 rocket from French company Arianespace, but its first flight is not until 2023 and the space agency had to find a quick replacement for the Soyuz rockets. “This has been a wake-up call, We’ve Been Too Dependent On RussiaEschbacher accepted.

With the launch of Eclid, ESA hopes its scientists will be able to learn more about dark matter and energy than it is estimated to be over 95% of the universe. Although the date of sending the spacecraft into space has been delayed, ESA demonstrated in Cannes that the telescope and its subsystems were ready to withstand space conditions.

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