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The Sky at Night – Space Mission Special

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The Sky at Night – Space Mission Special: Only a handful of missions are sent into space every decade, but how do we decide which missions are cleared for launch and which are grounded?



 

 

This month the Sky at Night goes behind the scenes as the European Space Agency select their next F-class mission, scheduled to be launched in 2028. And we meet the British teams vying to have their ideas selected, including a revolutionary mission to a comet.

 

 

The Sky at Night – Space Mission Special

 

The Science Programme of the European Space Agency is a long-term programme of space science and space exploration missions. Managed by the agency’s Directorate of Science, The programme funds the development, launch, and operation of missions led by European space agencies and institutions through generational campaigns.

Horizon 2000, the programme’s first campaign, facilitated the development of eight missions between 1985 and 1995 including four “cornerstone missions” – SOHO and Cluster II, XMM-Newton, Rosetta, and Herschel.

Horizon 2000 Plus, the programme’s second campaign, facilitated the development of Gaia, LISA Pathfinder, and BepiColombo between 1995 and 2005. The programme’s current campaign since 2005, Cosmic Vision, has so far funded the development of ten missions including three flagship missions, JUICE, ATHENA, and LISA. The programme’s upcoming fourth campaign, Voyage 2050, is currently being drafted. Collaboration with agencies and institutions outside of Europe occasionally occur in the Science Programme, including a collaboration with NASA on Cassini–Huygens and the CNSA on SMILE.

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The Sky at Night - Space Mission Special: Only a handful of missions are sent into space every decade, but how do we decide which missions are cleared for launch and which are grounded?