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Immerse yourself in the world of science – In the “Mission Knowledge” lecture series, experts from different subject areas present the latest research findings to you once a month and invite you to ask your own questions and discuss them with the experts.


Deepen your knowledge, get a taste of new research fields and get up close and personal in the scientific dialogue. The lectures take place in the planetarium hall of the Zeiss Large Planetarium and are accompanied by images. “Mission Knowledge”!

January 17, 2024: “Euclid – ESA’s Dark Universe Explorer”
F. Grupp, Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics and Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich

With strong German participation, the ESA Mission Euclid is currently going through the commissioning and scientific verification phase. The first razor-sharp images were presented to the general public on November 7th. On the optics side and one of the two instruments, the MPE in Garching was the architectural leader.

In the lecture you will report on the challenges, the technical solutions and the now visible successes of the approach we chose for Euclid. In particular, the approach of concentrating the use of resources on the early project phases and specifically on the tolerances that are perceived as critical is examined retrospectively. And of course there are wonderful shots of Euclid to see!

Dr. Frank Grupp is the German project manager and the “optical architect” of the NISP instrument and has been actively involved in the Euclid project for over 14 years. Under his leadership, the optics of the NISP instrument were developed, built and tested at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics.

To Mission Euclid

The Euclid mission is intended to explore dark matter and dark energy in the universe. Scientists hope to use the newly gained knowledge to clarify fundamental questions about the physics of space - such as how dark matter is distributed in space, how large-scale structures are formed in space, or how the universe developed. Euclid launched into space on July 1, 2023 with a Falcon 9 launch vehicle from the US Space Station Cape Canaveral in Florida.

After a thirty-day journey, the probe reached its orbit in the second Lagrange point L2, which is around 1.5 million kilometers from Earth. During the six-year mission, Euclid will observe more than ten billion galaxies and collect around 30 petabytes of data - the equivalent of around four million BlueRay discs. With its instruments, the probe takes a look into the past of the universe and explores its development over the last ten billion years.
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