Euclid is a space mission in the making. We are the consortium of more than 2500 scientists and engineers partnering with ESA, to build the so far most powerful telescope for studying the nature of Dark Energy, Dark Matter and cosmology in general. We have been designing and constructing the two instruments on-board Euclid, are obtaining complementary ground-based data, develop the data analysis system, as well as simulate, test, iterate and improve all of the above again and again.
Euclid is not just a spacecraft. It is a telescope, it is two astronomical cameras with three modes of observing the sky. It is an experiment, a deep sky survey, and a space mission. But above all of this, Euclid is a scientific collaboration of people with a common goal, investing the equivalent of tens and tens of human lifespans to learn more about the secrets – and wonders – of our Universe.
We want to use this official Euclid Consortium Blog to give an insight into what Euclid is about. Its science background, its technology, design, plans and mission timetable, but especially like to show you that all of this is done by people, who are managing the creation and later use of the intricate machine that Euclid is currently becoming.
With this Blog we aim to create an interesting stream of information for anyone generally interested in astronomy, space, or technology, all the way to fellow scientists and engineers who want to learn more about the status of Euclid’s background, construction, and science mission. We will try to avoid specialist’s lingo and over time will try to have more and more pages with background information to read up on diverse topics. We hope to transport the excitement that we feel working on this mission, but also the ups and downs if things go wrong, break or have to be re-designed, and then at some point work. And the endurance that is needed for building a mission that is already 10+ years in the making, and will last at least another 10 years.
In this Blog we will be compiling a number of background articles and series:
- The Euclid telescope and satellite
- Euclid’s Scientific Instruments
- Euclid Core Science
- Euclid Legacy Science
- The people of Euclid
We plan provide a couple of updates every month for all interesting things about or around the Euclid Dark Universe Mission, and the Universe itself. So watch this site or follow us on Twitter or the Fediverse on Astrodon. We’d be happy if you stop by!