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NASA joins forces to build a telescope to discover dark energy

January 28, 2013

NASA joins forces to build a telescope to discover dark energy

NASA launches mission to track down dark matter.

NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) have announced plans to create a new spacecraft that will hold an important new telescope. The mission has been called Euclid and will include a new telescope aboard the 4,760 pound spacecraft that will be able to look at billions of galaxies, develop a map and accurate measure of the universe, and learn more about the mysterious dark matter and dark energy.

Dark matter was first discovered in 1932 and has remained one of science’s biggest mysteries. Regular matter is what everything we can see is made of, be it computers, plants, the human body, and even whole planets and galaxies. In 1932 it was discovered that the type of matter we know and see is just a fraction of what is actually there, dark matter makes up the rest. Dark matter is apparently all around us, but has never been seen.

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