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Esa picks moons, exoplanets and early universe for long-term plan

Images: ESA/Science Office

European Space Agency sets out exploration strategy for 2035-50 and approves Venus mission for 2030s

The European Space Agency has chosen the themes for the science missions it intends to undertake in 2035-50, with the moons of giant planets, temperate planets around other stars and the early universe topping its to-do list.

Aside from the three major mission themes, within which specific missions will be chosen “in due course”, the Voyage 2050 long-term exploration plan published by Esa on 11 June also includes missions to Mars and Venus, and single-craft planetary and space surveys.

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