Mission gets go-ahead to probe Universe’s darkest secrets

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The first-ever mission dedicated to looking for dark matter and dark energy, two mysterious entities believed to explain the composition of the universe as we know it, will be launched in 2020, the European Space Agency said Wednesday. The 800-million-euro ($1-billion) Euclid project was given the final go-ahead by the agency’s science programme committee, a body composed of ESA member states that decides which missions are flown. “We’re one step closer to learning more about the Universe’s darkest secrets,” said Rene Laureijs, Euclid project scientist. The satellite will use a 1.2-metre (four-foot) diameter telescope and special cameras to map a third of the known universe, a 3D reconstruction of up to two billion galaxies and dark matter associated with them, the agency said in a statement.