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ESA to back X-ray and gravity astronomy

Heat, energy and gravitational wave astronomy are to be the next major science missions, worth €1 billion in total, at the European Space Agency.

The decision was made at the 28 November meeting of ESA’s science programmes committee, following recommendations from Alvaro Giménez, ESA’s director of science and robotic exploration.

The hot and energetic universe mission will be launched in 2028. It is thought that the proposed Advanced Telescope for High Energy Astrophysics (Athena+) X-ray observatory will be a front-runner in a formal call for this theme.

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