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Researchers celebrate first-ever Spanish-led Esa science mission


Arrakihs team plans to launch space telescope after winning European Space Agency support

Researchers in Spain and their colleagues across the world are celebrating after the European Space Agency approved their project to send a telescope into space to probe the structure of the universe.

The Arrakihs (Analysis of Resolved Remnants of Accreted galaxies as a Key Instrument for Halo Surveys) mission will be the first Esa science mission led by scientists based in Spain. The team behind it—led by Rafael Guzman from the Instituto de Física de Cantabria in Spain—plan to launch a binocular camera into space in 2030 that can capture information about galaxies similar to our own Milky Way.

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