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ESA scientists overviewing some of the Euclid images to have come out recently. first 5-10 minutes is just intro stuff...the main goal of this mission is to get some evidence regarding the dark matter/dark energy questions...i've not seen anything solid yet, but i'm very interested in what all this finds.

more from the site with large photos, shorter video as well: https://www.esa.int/Science_Exploration/Space_Science/Euclid

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that last image explained by the NASA scientist was stunning, just galaxies upon galaxies
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They landed both stages in the sea, in a fairly controlled manner. Superheavy landing at about 0:47 in this video, it hovers above the sea momentarily:

Starship landing at about 1:45 in the video - camera is fucked, fin has half burnt away but the fins are still moving and the engines re-light and it lands itself vertically onto the ocean - pretty amazing to see it survive re-entry and still be able to land itself



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Ariane 6 :
European expendable launch system operated by Arianespace and developed and produced by ArianeGroup on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA).
Yeah, it's non-reusable, but at least it provides independent space access for Europe...although subsidized.
But it also provides a lot of space R&D for Europe.
It has 2 configurations:

First flight "VA262" :
Flight test carrying a mass simulator plus a number of small cubesats and other experiments as rideshare payloads.
Rocket launched successfully to orbit and upper stage performed a second burn to release cubesats.
But the 3rd burn to to deorbit the upper stage failed, resulting in the upper stage and two reentry capsule experiments staying in space and not returning to Earth immediately.

I wonder if ESA is thinking about developing a reusable launch system.
Maybe they can just copy the SpaceX Falcon 9. ^^

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