Barcelona, June 20th 2012. Today, the European Space Agency (ESA) has officially adopted the Euclid space mission. The Euclid Consortium is the largest international collaboration of astronomers, a team of experts from around the world with the challenge of building a satellite able to unravel what the universe is made of.  A Spanish consortium made up of dozens of researchers and engineers from different research centers in Barcelona, ​​Tenerife, Cartagena and Madrid will collaborate in this project, that is part of the ESA's "Cosmic Vision" and aims to build and put the satellite into orbit this decade.

With this declaration of intent, the ESA has taken a final step in the selection of Euclid as part of "Cosmic Vision". In the coming years there will be an army of scientists and engineers working to build and place the satellite into orbit later this decade.

Yannick Mellier, principal investigator of the Consortium of Euclid, has shown his satisfaction, "the ESA and Euclid Consortium have worked for over 5 years to reach this point and now we have been officially adopted by the agency to begin construction of this exciting new space mission. " The ESA has today adopted a Multilateral Agreement (MLA) between eleven European space agencies, which finance the Euclid Consortium for the construction of the key elements of the satellite, especially the onboard instruments, software for data analysis and scientific coordination of the satellite. It has adopted a collaborative agreement with NASA to also participate in the mission.

Francisco Castander, Spanish member of the scientific team of ESA's Euclid, says: "In recent years, the consortium of Euclid has been bringing together experts in astronomy, cosmology, physics, satellite design and software within the team working on the definition and improvement of the mission. Today's decision of the ESA gives green light to this great team to make the Euclid mission a reality that will reveal the secrets of dark energy the universe. The Euclid Consortium is the largest astronomical collaboration ever created, surpassing the existing ESA Planck and GAIA missions”.

The Mission

Euclid is an ESA mission designed to understand the origin of the accelerated expansion of the Universe, known by physicists and astronomers as "dark energy" that is over 70% of our universe today. Euclid will see hundreds of millions of galaxies in a large region of the sky and will monitor the signals left by dark matter and dark energy and gravity on the geometry of the universe and the cosmic history of structure formation. By measuring the distribution and shapes of galaxies in the universe, astronomers can determine the cause of this dark energy and see if the theory of general relativity is still valid to describe such phenomena at scales beyond the billion light years. To carry out these observations, the satellite will be equipped with a camera in the visible (VIS) and near-infrared spectrometer (NISP) that will generate a global map of the universe in 3D. The instruments will be developed by the European Consortium consisting of over 110 laboratories, including several Spanish, and 800 scientists in Europe, led by Yannick Mellier, from the Institute d'Astrophysique de Paris (IAP).

Spanish participation

In addition to ESA, the main contributing countries that are part of the consortium include Germany, Austria, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, Holland, Italy, Norway, UK, Romania and Switzerland, with a contribution of laboratories in the U.S.

The Spanish unit of collaboration in the project consists of researchers from the Institut de l'Espai Ciències - ICE / IEEC-CSIC (FJ Castander), the Institut  de Física d'Altes Energies - IFAE (C. Padilla, R. Miquel ), the Port d'Informació Científica - PIC (M. Delfino), the Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Ambientales y Tecnológicas - CIEMAT (E. Sánchez), the Institute of Theoretical Physics at the Universidad Autònoma de Madrid - IFT-UAM (Juan Garcia -Bellido), the Universidad Politécnica de  Cartagena - UPCT (R. Toledo, I. Villo), the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias - IAC (R. Rebolo) and the Center for Astrobiology - CAB (M.R. Zapatero Osorio).

The ICE / IEEC-CSIC, the IFAE and the CIEMAT will provide the filter wheel to the instrument NISP. The construction of this subsystem will be held in the IFAE and in collaboration with the Spanish space industry. Additionally, the ICE / IEEC-CSIC, along with the PIC, the IFAE and IFT-UAM will perform high-resolution simulations of the structure of the Universe for later comparison with the observations and the data expected from the satellite. One of the Euclid Science Data Centers will be located at PIC.

The origin of the accelerated expansion of the Universe is one of the most fascinating challenges of cosmology and fundamental physics of the XXI century. Astronomers and physicists are convinced that the pursuit of its own nature will revolutionize our understanding of quantum physics, gravity and physics of the early universe. Euclid will provide extraordinary data of the cosmos and allow obtaining an image the universe of unprecedented quality.

ESA Press Release

Official Press Release of the European Space Agency:

http://www.esa.int/export/esaSC/SEMZS3BXH3H_index_0.html

Information (images and videos) on the Euclid mission:

http://www.euclid-emc.org/

 

Additional information:

Contact Information:

Dr. Francisco J. Castander (ICE / IEEC-CSIC)

Instituto de Ciencias del Espacio

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Dr. Cristóbal Padilla / Dr. Ramon Miquel

Institut de Fisica d’Altes Energies (IFAE)

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Prof. Manuel Delfino

Port d'Informació Científica (PIC)

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Dr. Eusebio Sanchez

CIEMAT

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Tel: +34 91 3460934

 

Prof. Juan Garcia-Bellido

IFT-UAM

E-mail: juan.garciabellido @ uam.es

Tel: +34 91 2999812

 

Communications responsible of IEEC

Alina Hirschmann

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Communications responsible of IFAE

Sara Strauch

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Yannick Mellier (Euclid Consortium Lead)

Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris, Paris, France

Phone: +33 1 44 32 81 40

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Bob Nichol (EC Communications Lead)

ICG, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK

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Mobile: +44 (0) 7963792049

Email: bob.nichol @ port.ac.uk

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